When you’re pregnant you always wonder what are the best foods.
Should I be eating more of this, less of that? What should I be avoiding? What are the best foods for me right now?
When I got pregnant I purchased The Whole Nine Months, this book is great. It follows along week by week and lets you know what foods you should be incorporating into your diet and when.
It also gives you information week by week on both you and the baby. Included are easy to follow healthy recipes to keep both you and the baby healthy.
7 Of The Best Pregnancy Foods:
Yes, even though this isn’t a food I am including it because it is so important. While your pregnant you body requires more fluids to keep everything moving. Plus add in morning sickness and that extra bit of exhaustion and water is a good thing.
Water will help in keeping you hydrated and just a note after baby is born keep up with the hydration to help in recovery and breast feeding.
A simple and easy to make protein for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are also cost effective as well. Eggs are a great healthy source of protein during pregnancy which help in the growth and development of your body and the baby.
Eggs also contain choline with helps in the development of the baby’s brain and spinal cord.
A simple anytime meal is scrambling a few eggs with your favorite vegetables like spinach or peppers, add a bit of cheese and enjoy.
3. Greek Yogurt
Hands down a great source of probiotics and protein. Yogurt also contains calcium for bone development.
Dish up your favorite low sugar Greek yogurt, add some berries and seeds such as flax or your favorite granola and you have a great healthy snack.
Fish is a great addition to your diet while you are pregnant. Just avoid raw fish and high mercury fish like tuna. Fish is full of healthy omega 3 fatty acids which your body needs on a regular basis. Omega 3’s are important in fetal development as well.
If you are looking for a simple recipe. Place your choice piece of salmon in foil and add your favorite spices or simply a few slices of lemon. Grill or bake in the oven till done and serve with vegetables.
Yes, I know its not a food but it is a wonderful spice. Cinnamon is known to help control blood sugar and mellow a uncomfortable tummy.
Morning sickness for some can be horrible, adding a pinch of cinnamon to tea or milk can help calm a queasy stomach. I noticed chai tea cold with milk helped me get through my morning sickness.
Cinnamon helps control blood sugar and keeping your sugar regulated during pregnancy is important.
Regularity and increasing your fiber are important. Oatmeal is also full of other nutrients that are great for pregnancy.
When consulting a breast feeding specialist it was also noted to eat a good supply of oatmeal during breast feeding to help with your supply.
7. Vegetables & Fruits
Eating the rainbow as they say is important during your regular everyday and even more important during pregnancy. Your body and your baby require all the added vitamins and minerals for healthy development.
What brand you choose is entirely up to you and your doctor. I just wanted to share what I have learned over the years. With my first child I took a simple over the counter prenatal vitamin which it turns out was synthetic formulated vitamins.
In between pregnancies I learned that taking vitamins made from natural sources is healthier for your body and they absorb better.
Now during my second pregnancy I am taking a food sourced prenatal vitamin and I am noticing my energy is up, my iron levels have not dropped like with the first pregnancy and overall I feel good.
I am sharing this because I want you to be able to make the right choices for both you and your baby.
Your health is important.
So is that of your developing child. If you are finding it hard to find proper healthy foods to eat during your pregnancy consult your doctor, your local farmers market or your local food source.
Make sure you are drinking enough water and getting enough rest. Take in every moment and cherish the changes your body is going through.
Have an amazing day,