Eating healthy is its own elixir – an elixir which redefines itself during the early and during the stages of conceiving. Matters of good health require you follow and maintain a good diet, above all exhibit basic care towards maintaining a good self-hygiene. But sometimes the importance of good food hygiene stands overlooked as very few of us realize its magnified importance for the mother as well as the new-born during pregnancy. And add to all the craving beginning the latter-half of the second trimester and what you have added is a layer of bent-up food frustration you really won’t enjoy much.
For all the happy to-be moms finding themselves in a cluster of doubt over what to eat and what not, we have compiled a list of the very best fibrous and nutritious foods that are not only good for you now, but also help kill those innocuous cravings and make sure they stay hidden during these wonderful times.
- Dairy products
Protein and calcium is extra-essential for foetal growth. And what better way to treat yourself to a rich casein and whey content than dairy products. Regarded as the best dietary source of calcium, ease yourself to a cool Greek Yoghurt or Probiotic yoghurt for good.
- Coconut Water
Coconut water is power packed with electrolytes which help increase hydration while reducing morning sickness in pregnant women. Safe to consume, coconut water has many nutritional benefits for expecting mothers.
We all confuse ourselves with legumes and what they include. Legumes are plant-based sources of fiber, protein, iron, calcium and folate – all essential for growth during pregnancy. This group of food includes lentils, peas, beans, chickpeas, soybeans and peanuts. Folate has been found to decrease birth-related complications and post-pregnancy diseases.
- Sweet Potatoes
Excellent sources of beta-carotene, sweet potatoes are major sources of it. Beta-carotene which the body converts into Vitamin A is essential for cell differentiation during the stages of pregnancy and foetal growth.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, these powerhouses are essential for the new-born’s brain and eye development. Although these fishes contain traces of mercury, it is always best to examine carefully and use steam to cook instead of oil. These fishes are also a good source of Vitamin D.
- Dark Leafy Greens
Fiber, Vitamins, Calcium, Iron, Folate and Potassium find themselves in evergreen quantities in foods like spinach, broccoli, kale and other dark leafy greens. What’s even great, these foods have high amount of anti-oxidants which benefit the immune system and keep digestion perfect.
- Lean Meat
Pregnant and expecting mother need a good amount of iron to extract the benefits of iron from meals. Hence, to this end, while beef, pork and chicken are considered as good sources of protein, foods such as bell peppers, oranges or pomegranates help increase absorption of iron from meals.
- Whole Grains
Also rich in fiber, vitamins and plant compounds, whole grains are also powerhouses of vitamin-B and magnesium – all that should find itself on the table and diet of every expecting mom-to-be.
- Dry fruits
If there was ever any nutrient-powerhouse dense, small and compact – it would be this. Dried fruits are rich in calories, contain less water and are excellent choices over fresh fruit for expecting mothers.
Blood volume increases during pregnancy with the mother being host to her kid and her body. As a result, it becomes really important to consume as much water as possible to maintain an overall hydrated balance. Water consumption will also prevent constipation and help to avoid any infections in the urinary tract.