Being pregnant ain’t easy. You are basically carrying another tiny life (lives) inside your tummy! *a round of applause to all the mothers out there* Thus, during pregnancy, mothers have to be extra cautious about what they eat or drink as it will indirectly affect their little one as well.
Hence, here are some pregnancy superfoods which are good for both the mum and the baby.
Dark, leafy greens
Dark, leafy greens such as kale, broccoli and spinach are full of fiber and nutrients that a pregnant woman needs. Due to its high fiber content, it helps to prevent constipation which pregnant women usually face.
Dairy products, especially yogurt, are a great choice for pregnant women. They help you meet increased protein and calcium needs. Probiotics may also help reduce the risk of complications in babies when they grow up in the future such as allergies or eczema.
Just a bowl of oats in the morning will provide more than 30% of your daily dose of magnesium, which the mother’s body need to build the infant’s strong teeth and bones. Consuming a sufficient amount of magnesium also reduces the risk of premature labour as well as regulate your body’s blood pressure level and blood sugar level.
Quinoa contains a fair amount of protein (plant protein) which is important for pregnancy. Future mothers need 71g of protein a day and a cup of quinoa delivers 8g. It also has high fiber content and it cooks up faster than whole grains.
Lentils contain folate which is one of the B vitamins (Vitamin B9). It’s very important for the health of the mother and fetus, especially during the first trimester as it reduces the risk of infectious diseases and birth defects in infants.
The greatest pregnancy superfood of all- ALMONDS! These nuts provides more than a third of your daily dose of vitamin E which aids in an infant’s brain development as well as maintaining the mother’s skin and hair health. Aside from that, it also contains manganese which help regulates body weight in both the mother and child.
Dried fruit may be highly beneficial for pregnant women since they are small andnutrient-dense. They also contain high amount of natural sugar. However, make sure to avoid candied varieties to avoid excess eating (as we all know, pregnant women with their uncontrollable cravings).
We hope you mum-to-be(s) have found this post helpful in knowing what are the best foods to eat during pregnancy. Hence, I sincerely wish all the mothers out there to be happy and healthy and that their future baby is born strong and healthy too!