When you become pregnant, your whole life will change… starting with your diet. It’s a common myth that pregnant women are now “eating for two” and are able to eat whatever they want – here are some guidelines on what pregnant women should eat to support the healthy growth of their baby.
It’s recommended that you eat a good source of animal protein – be it lean meat and chicken, fish, or eggs – while plant-based proteins are just as important. Beans, legumes, lentils, quinoa, nuts and seeds, are not only fantastic plant-based proteins but also provide expecting moms with many other nutrients and iron require for a healthy pregnancy.
Fruit and veggies
The more colourful your platter of fruits and veggies, the better for your body and your baby. Different fruits and veggies are packed with all the essential vitamins and minerals and trace elements that will form the building-blocks for your baby’s health. It’s important that fruits and vegetables are eaten fresh, but if you cook the veggies, be sure to not slather them in salt, oils and sugar and try to eat them as naturally as possible.
Starches and carbs
While you will benefit from the energy from rice, pasta, and bread, it’s important to also eat natural white carbs like rice and potatoes. However, try the healthier options of brown rice and sweet potatoes too.
Fat in your diet is an important element, especially for your growing baby, but fats should not make up more than 30% of your daily intake, and then also only “healthy fats”. You can get these from avocado, nuts, and fatty fish, but try to avoid animal fats.
The healthier your diet during pregnancy, the healthier your baby’s own nutritional springboard will be.
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