Congratulations! Your new pregnancy has wowed your friends and family and you are preparing to welcome your new bundle of joy. In just a few short months, you’ll be meeting your new child and spending the rest of your life with him or her. You can’t imagine the adventures you’re going to have!
We all hear about how hard it is to raise newborns and toddlers. However, many people aren’t aware of the difficult journey people often face in pregnancy. One of the biggest concerns felt by women is their changing food palette as they experience intense cravings for new meals.
We’ve outlined some of the best foods to eat while you’re carrying your baby. If you’re not the one carrying the bundle of joy, make sure to share this list with a family member.
Let’s get going…
Plain Greek Yogurt
During pregnancy, your desires for calcium and protein both increase over time. This is because you are now eating for two – and one of you needs to grow up quite a lot! Each serving of plain Greek yogurt carries around 20 grams of protein and 200 milligrams of calcium.
This is an amazing source of foods necessary for strong and consistent growth of your child. Just be careful: flavored versions of yogurt might contain nasty sugars, so be sure to stick with plain!
How do you like your eggs in the morning? If you’re pregnant, you’ll probably like them with a side of more eggs! As well as the protein found in the egg whites, the yolk contains choline which is an essential nutrient for brain development.
Sure, you want your baby to be big and strong, but you mustn’t neglect the brains! A normal healthy person can eat up to seven egg yolks a week – so enjoy a two-egg omelet every few days!
Not many people put much emphasis on lentils, but many studies say it can be considered a superfood. As well as supplying pregnant women with much-needed fiber, a cup of lentils also contains plenty of folates.
Folate helps with the development of a child during pregnancy, as well as decreases the risk of depression among women after birth. Lentils are some of the strongest sources of Folates and should be consumed at least every few days.
Salmon is one of the best fish to eat to make sure you get as much protein as you can. Therefore, pregnancy is a great excuse to treat yourself to an amazing salmon steak! Packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, it can help with healthy eye and brain development for your kid!
Unfortunately, raw fish is still off-limits for pregnant women, so make sure you cook it all the way through when you eat it. It’s best to hold off on the sushi for the next few months until you meet your next bundle of joy.
If you fancy eating fruit during pregnancy, then there’s hardly one better than the impressive kiwi! The super fruit has a large source of vitamin C and can help reduce constipation when consumed regularly.
Hopefully, your pregnancy aligns with the seasonal fruit so you can get the best source possible. If not, then why not dip some kiwis in dark chocolate? It’s the perfect treat!
As well as protein and folate, a pregnant body also needs an increased level of iron in the body for development. Your cravings might dictate that you consume iron through burgers or red meat, but you might want to consider pumpkin seeds, as well!
Just one-quarter of a cup of pumpkin seeds has more iron than an entire fast-food burger. Not to mention, it doesn’t have any of the nasty ingredients associated with fast-food, either!
If pumpkin seeds aren’t your thing, then why not consider Chia seeds? These don’t contain the same levels of iron needed during pregnancy, but they certainly make up for it with their levels of calcium.
Calcium is essential for pregnant women, but we’re not all dairy eaters. If the idea of a large cup of milk makes you queasy, then consider a few tablespoons of chia seeds. Just a few spoonfuls contain 14 percent of a woman’s daily target.
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