The Best Foods to Eat Whilst Pregnant
Finding out you’re pregnant is amazing, monitoring everything you put into your body ensuring there’s the correct nutrients for both you and your baby, less fun. However having a super healthy diet for both you and your baby doesn’t have to be difficult. Take a look at our top 5 foods to eat whilst pregnant to help create a base for your pregnancy food plan. Super yummy, super easy and super amazing for you and your baby.
Salmon is bursting with omega-3 fatty acids which are amaazing for helping your baby’s brain develop. High levels of DHA in newborns has even been linked to higher IQ’s- so if you want a mini Einstein omega rich foods are your best bet for an early advantage! Salmon is also a great source of protein for mama too. Although seafood can be a worry salmon is low in mercury making one of the safe foods to eat whilst pregnant, however try not to eat more than two portions a week just to be safe.
Kale, spinach, broccoli- any dark-green leafy veg should be your go-to now you’re pregnant. They’re bursting with antioxidants, calcium, potassium, fiber, folate and viamin A. This will help your baby’s eyes develop, aid skin and bone growth and keep you strong and healthy too. Leafy greens are super foods for you and baby. Plus your baby’s sense of taste actually develops in the womb- your little one can taste what you eat in the amniotic fluid (kinda weird we know!) Although not scientifically proven, some say this helps develop your baby’s taste buds- so eat your fill and fingers crossed when it comes to getting your little one to eat their greens they’ll already love them!
Surprisingly yogurt actually has more calcium in it than milk- weird we know but true! Calcium is essential for keeping your bones and teeth healthy, plus is super important for helping baby to develop theirs. If your calcium levels are too low to help baby develop and it’s recommended that a mama has at least 3 servings of calcium a day to decrease the risk of low birth weight and pre-term labour. Plus the calcium you do consume is going straight to your baby if you’re not getting enough putting you at risk of osteoporosis later on. Plus yogurt is full of protein, vitamin B and zinc to keep you and baby healthy. Yogurt is perfect if you’re not much of a milk drinker, top it with fruit and oatmeal for a protein, ion and fibre boost.
Lean meats such as beef and pork are amazing sources of protein, iron and B vitamins. Now that you need more protein in your diet (around an extra 25g per day) to help baby grow and develop, and an extra supply of iron too you need to keep your intake up and your red blood cell count high. Lean meats also supply an extra boost of vitamin B6 to help your baby’s brain growth.
Beans and Lentils
Not a meat fan? Beans and lentils also offer an amazing source of iron, protein as well as folate, fiber and calcium.