5 Tips to Help You Eat Healthy During Pregnancy
A healthy diet plays the most important role in pregnancy. Healthy eating not only provides nutrients to the baby but it also keeps mood of the mother pleasant and positive. Pregnancy is a time period when you need to be very much aware of your lifestyle choices and daily routine. In case you are someone trying to get pregnant, keep a digital pregnancy test at home. If you don’t know how to take a pregnancy test, read about it here.
Knowing that you are pregnant early helps you a lot in maintain a healthy routine and eating right amount of food. Eating healthy diet requires you to eat variety of foods in balanced amounts.
In this post, we have compiled 5 tips for you to eat healthy while you are pregnant:
Starchy foods (carbs)
Starchy foods are best source of energy as they are fulfilling and have very less calories. You can eat carbs in the form of whole foods like oats, sweet potatoes, maize, bread and corns. You can fill your plate with these in your daily meals. Eat a healthy meal after every 3-4 hours as your baby requires food consistently to develop and grow. Make sure you choose whole food items and avoid processed items.
Fruit and veggies
Eat a lot of fruits and veggies as these will provide you the essential amounts of vitamins, fiber and minerals that your body needs. Fiber helps greatly in avoiding digestive issues like constipation. Have a mixed platter of fruits and veggies. Make sure they are fresh. Avoid frozen and canned products. It is crucial to avoid undercooked or unwashed vegetables as bacterial infections can create complexities in pregnancy and can make you sick.
What are the best food choices (full of protein) for you during pregnancy? Well, fish, poultry, beans, pulses, eggs and nuts are all good for your diet. Don’t eat fish that is high in mercury. Select lean meat and make sure it’s cooked in light oil. Remove the skin of poultry before using it. Have fish at least 2-3 times per week as its great for the mental health of your baby. Fish has omega 3 fatty acids which are great for brain growth and development.
Dairy is also very beneficial for a healthy diet during pregnancy. Dairy items like cheese, milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium which is very much needed during pregnancy period. Try not to take those dairy items which are too rich in fats. Some of the cheese items should not be taken. Make sure to have non-processed fresh dairy items.
Avoid food which has high sugar, salt and fat
The foods which are high in fat can be butter, heavy salad dressing, cream, cakes, chocolates, cookies, pastries, cokes and frizzy drinks. These are all unhealthy if taken in larger amounts. Sugar contains the most calories than the other food items. It will cause you to gain weight faster than anything else you eat. Extra weight that women carry during pregnancy can create health complexities for them. For example, when you eat a lot of saturated fat, it increases the cholesterol level in the blood. Eating too much sugar and fat can also disturb the blood sugar levels. Make sure to eat foods which are poly saturated like nut butters, avocados etc.
Thank you for reading. If you have any suggestions or tips regarding healthy eating in pregnancy, you can comment in the comment section.
Ronny Philip is mother of 3 kids who loves to blog about pregnancy and motherhood. She likes going to the beach on weekends and playing volleyball with her family.