If you are expectant mother you need to know which foods to eat! Veggies, fruits or other whole foods are a perfect choice, but there are also some foods loaded with health benefits for you and your baby. These foods can help you reduce your risk for gestational diabetes, improve your chances of having an easy labor, and help you to avoid other pregnancy concerns and issues! Here are some foods to eat when pregnant.
Mango is one of the best fruits to eat when you’re pregnant. It contains a great amount of vitamins C and A and potassium. I like fresh mangoes, but you could also add some into salads, oatmeal, or soups if you like.
This is a great snack to munch on-the-go! Carrots are perfect to help in your baby’s eye, teeth and bone development. One of the best things about carrots is that they can be shredded or pureed and added to practically any dish unbeknown to your taste buds. You can also add carrots into meatloaves, muffins, and cakes.
If you need a quick pick-me-up, snack on a handful or even two of nuts throughout the day! Having so many health benefits, nuts are packed with fats that are very good for you and especially for your baby. You can add them to pasta, fish platters, or salads.
If you suffer from short-term or occasional constipation as a lot of expectant moms do, try to eat oats. They are full of vitamin B and fiber, and some other minerals. Have oatmeal for breakfast or add them to other recipes such as pancakes or muffins.
When you are pregnant it is vital to get enough calcium, since your baby needs it for good bone development. Yogurt contains plenty of calcium and folic acid as well. Look for only natural ingredients. And remember, the less sugar a yogurt has, the better it’s for you and your baby!
Avocado helps take away nausea and those icky feelings you may have! Add a little avocado into your sandwiches or salad or spread some on whole-wheat toast. Some pregnant women make a dip for their chips with avocado. However, you need to remember that avocado is rich in fats, so it can help you gain weight if you eat too much.
7. Red pepper
Red pepper is one of the best fruits to eat when you are pregnant! Red peppers are packed with vitamins C, A, B6, and they are really healthy! Eat red pepper fresh with low-fat dip, or add it to your salsa or salad, or throw it into stir-fry.
Being a great source of protein, eggs are easy and quick to cook up for you and your baby. You may eat an egg cooked as you like, but you must cook it thoroughly in order to avoid food poisoning. Try to look for DHA fortified eggs. Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in development of the brain and eyes of your baby.
When you’re eating healthy, you know that your baby is also eating healthy! Don’t underestimate the value that nutritious food offers. What are your favorite foods to eat during pregnancy? Share your thoughts, please!