10 Great Foods To Eat While Pregnant
Eating for one is not always easy, particularly when we’re stressing about our health. For example, do we have a piece of cake for dessert or should we really just stick to a piece of fruit today?
Eating for two, however, is a whole other ball game that is a really nerve-wracking responsibility.
The questions that go through a mom-to-be’s mind are many. How much fish should we eat before we consume too much mercury? Should we get our protein from meat or would that be too fatty? How about eggs, are they okay? Or are they crammed with cholesterol that is bad for our baby?
So much questions!
It makes you feel like opening your snacks cupboards and gorging on a bar of candy in front of Netflix.
But before you do that, we at Beauty & Tips have gathered together information from top nutrition experts on what pregnant moms should be eating. Let’s take a look at their top best tips on foods to eat while pregnant.
A single egg gives you around 90 calories, which isn’t too bad at all. Besides these calories, eggs are also rich in lots of goodness. They are loaded with a staggering twelve vitamins and minerals, as well as lots of protein. And protein is what you need when you’ve got a bump.
Eggs also contain something called choline, which helps your baby to grow and enhances their brain health. If you’re savvy, some eggs also contain omega-3 fats which help with your unborn child’s vision. Eggs that contain omega-3’s will advertise it on their label under something called DHA.
Moreover, the cholesterol content found in eggs is not bad at all.
Fortified Breakfast Cereals
Breakfast is such an important meal. If you used to skip it before your pregnancy, it’s essential that you start indulging yourself in the morning.
The best morning power food for when you’re carrying around your baby is fortified breakfast cereal, which is oared with B vitamin. Experts say that pregnant women should consume at least 400 micrograms of B vitamin per day, and fortified cereal is a great way to get through all of it. Get on it!
One of great foods to eat while pregnant is salmon. It is one of our favourite fishes to eat here at Beauty & Tips. Its health benefits are numerous, and it’s particularly recommended for pregnant women.
Salmon is rich in protein as well as omega-3 fatty acids. As well as aiding your baby’s development, these omega-3’s also help to improve your own mood, which is just the tonic you need when you’re feeling a little bit stressed out.
There are lots of conflicting stories about fish and mercury. The good news regarding salmon is that it contains a lot less mercury than lots of other fish, such as swordfish, mackerel and shark.
Not that you’d want to eat a shark while pregnant. Well, we wouldn’t recommend it!
Beans are also included in our list of foods to eat while pregnant. Beans are an excellent source of protein, and in fact contain more protein and fibre than any vegetable. Magnificent.
The great thing is that there are lots to choose from, too: Chickpeas, pint beans, lentils, black beans, navy beans, baked beans … the list goes on!
Protein is really important when you’re pregnant, which is why you can turn to beans. But fibre is also important, which is why beans should really be your new best friend. See, when you’re pregnant, you’re at risk of developing gastrointestinal problems, such as constipation and hems. Fibre helps to prevent these.
Broccoli is stuffed with many important nutrients that you need during pregnancy, such as folate and calcium. Broccoli is also high in antioxidants, fibre and vitamin C.
Probably the sweetest vegetable around (come on, it’s in the name!), sweet potatoes are great foods to eat while pregnant. The reason for their orange colour is all to do plant pigments called carotenoids which are transformed into vitamin A once they enter our bodies.
Although you may have read that too much vitamin A from vegetables and animals is bad for you, carotenoid is a very good type of vitamin A. Basically, you can consume as much of it as you want.
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin C too, as well as fibre and folate. They’re also really cheap too, and you can even fry them and eat as sweet potato fries.
Nuts are also great foods to eat while pregnant. If you’ve got a craving for snacks, why not swap your candy bars for some crunchy nuts?
Nuts are fantastic for both you and the bump, containing as they do lots of fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals. They will also go some way to your daily recommended amount of magnesium now that you’re with child. Magnesium is important because it can prevent a premature birth, as well as enhance your child’s nervous system.
Another one of good foods to eat while pregnant are whole grains. The great thing about whole grains is that popcorn is a whole grain. So when your baby bump is making you feel uncomfortable in the evening, you can comfort yourself by snacking on some popcorn while watching a movie.
Whole grains contain a lot of fibre and nutrients, such as selenium, vitamin E and phytonutrients. You’re probably tempted to just stick to popcorn right now, but there are numerous great whole grains out there that you should try. One of our favourites if quinoa, a complete protein that is loaded with nutrients.
Like nuts, berries are an excellent substation for sugary snacks. You can munch away on blackberries, raspberries or blueberries knowing that you’re getting plenty of fibre, folate, vitamin C and potassium. Eat them from your hand or sprinkle them on top of your fortified cereal for added taste and morning sweetness. Lovely.
Babies need calcium for bone development, so why not treat you both by consuming plenty of tasty yogurt?
Yogurt is important for you throughout pregnancy because it helps to fortify your bones, muscles and nerves. We recommend that you aim for around 4 servings per day. If you think that’s too much for you, you could try 2 servings and some milk.
What are your favourite foods to eat while pregnant?
Stay happy and healthy!