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So, you’re now pregnant! Of course, you’re eating for two now, so that means you have to be extra careful of whatever food you decide to eat. Choosing the right pregnancy foods can be a big difference maker. Don’t worry, though, we here at Babybalu are going to share ten options you can use to set your expectant mom diet.
Ah, Eggs: they’re easy to acquire, easy to cook, and most of all, they’re a great source of nutrients for you and your unborn baby.
That’s mainly because of eggs’ high choline content, which is a nutrient that helps your baby’s brain and spine develop. It’s good for the muscles, too, when you consider that eggs are rich in protein as well, making sure that you and your baby are in tip-top condition during the whole 9 months you’re together.
Nuts are rich in magnesium, which, apart from protecting your body from giving premature birth, also strengthens the baby’s whole nervous system in the womb. As such, your little angel’s brain will better develop.
However, moderation is best: nuts also contain a lot of fats, so snacking on it is better than making it a staple in your diet.
Beans and Lentils
Beans, apart from being a great source of carbohydrates to keep your pregnant body active, have zinc, whose benefits studies have found to be great in preventing premature births and underweight babies.
What’s more is that there have been findings that associate healthy zinc levels in pregnant women with shorter, easier labor come that most awaited day.
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Meat’s main purpose when you’re going through your pregnancy is to provide your baby with loads of protein, which helps develop its muscles during the months that it’s still in your womb.
As for expectant moms out there, meat will supply you with iron, which prevents anemia and keep those red blood cells healthy.
Aside from those, you have vitamin B6 for the fetus’ brain development (not to mention reducing morning sickness) and vitamin B12, which supports red blood cell health.
Hankering for some fries or mashed potatoes while you’re carrying your unborn baby with you?
Try using sweet potatoes instead. Apart from lower amounts of cholesterol, sweet potatoes provide you with a lot of beta-carotene, which helps your baby’s eyes and skin develop while in utero.
Not only that, but the copper and iron found in sweet potatoes makes sure that you don’t run the risk of anemia during labor.
Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, are packed with nutrients that are good for you and your baby.
Aside from the calcium (for baby’s bones), vitamin A (for the eyes and skin), and fiber (for mom’s digestion), these plants are rich in folate, which helps in baby’s spinal health.
Spinach isn’t to your taste? Try broccoli or asparagus: they’re just as great.
If there’s a wonder meat for soon-to-be moms, it’s salmon. You see, its meat is particularly rich in omega-3, acids that benefit your baby’s brain development, and according to studies have links with improved motor skills and proper mental health in newborns.
Also, the protein in salmon allows both you and the baby to have better muscle health. Take just a tiny bit of caution, though: salmon has mercury, and although it’s actually only in amounts that aren’t dangerous at all, it’s better to be safe when you consider baby’s more fragile than you are.
Yogurt is great if you need that calcium fix for you and your baby. As a mom, you’re keeping your teeth and bones in top condition, all the while filling your reserves the little bundle of joy inside your womb.
For the baby, a proper amount of calcium ensures that its bones and teeth properly develop, thus reducing the chance of osteoporosis when it finally arrives.
A glass of orange juice a day will do wonders for you and your baby! First of all, the high folate content in it greatly reduces the risk of spinal defects in the baby.
Plus, orange juice is a wonderful source of potassium, which keeps expectant mothers’ muscles healthy.
And, of course, there’s the vitamin C, which not only increases your body’s resistance, but also aids in the baby’s bone growth.
We also recommend reading our article about writing a birth plan. You can watch the video below to know about the foods to avoid during pregnancy.
Oatmeal – and whole grains in general – are a perfect source of carbohydrates without all the cholesterol: an especially important nutrient for soon-to-be moms out there.
Additionally, the fiber in oatmeal helps ease constipation, so you can say goodbye to those abdominal cramps.
Finally, the vitamin B6 and protein in whole grain meals ensure that baby’s nervous system and muscles develop properly.
We hope that these pregnancy foods help you in being healthy and keeping your baby healthy as well.