Best Foods for Expecting Moms - 2nd Edition
Nuts, Seeds, Beans
It is very important that you include foods in your diet that are rich in iron during your pregnancy. Most women when pregnant develop anemia, but there are many plant-based foods that offer nutrients containing iron such as chickpeas, black beans, sesame seeds, spinach and almonds.
As mentioned above, it is crucial that you get in your iron when pregnant. If you do eat meat, there are many lean meats that can offer a rich source of iron such as lean beef, pork and chicken.
Cooked and hard boiled eggs are an amazing source of protein as they contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, making them perfect for pregnant moms. But be sure to avoid raw or sunny-side up eggs as there could be bacteria in raw or undercooked eggs, which could cause salmonella.
Dark, Leafy Greens
The darker the green, the more nutrients! Enough of the boring iceberg lettuce, let's try some tasty and vitamin-rich spinach, kale or Swiss chard! These super greens are packed with iron and folic acid as well, which we should know by now are KEY for mamas-to-be!
Cooked salmon can act as a great food source for developing babies. Although, it is important to remember to steer clear from the raw and smoked varieties of salmon. The omega 3 fats that cooked salmon provides are beneficial for the baby's brain development and contain high amounts of protein. Let's not forget that you will also feel full and satisfied after eating this protein!
This one may be obvious, but staying HYDRATED during your pregnancy is a major factor in keeping your energy levels high. It is so easy to just have a water bottle handy with you in order to keep your thirst quenched! If you are ever feeling low in energy, try to double check your water intake as you might just be dehydrated. Add some ice and lemon juice to jazz it up.
Cheese and Yogurt
Getting adequate calcium is important during pregnancy as the fetus will also absorb some calcium. You want to ensure you are not losing any bone mass. Certain dairy products such as cheese and yogurt contain beneficial amounts of calcium. But if you choose not to consume animal products, you could also fill up on high-calcium veggies that also include necessary natural folic acid, such as broccoli or brussel sprouts.
We hope that this helps you keep two bodies healthy for the price of one!