4 Nutritious Food You Must Eat During Pregnancy!

February 22, 2018

Food, Motherhood

A healthy diet is extremely important during pregnancy. Your body requires additional minerals, nutrients, and vitamins in this phase.

Your body requires round about 350 to 500 calories extra, during those nine months of pregnancy when you are not alone, there is a small life growing slowing in you. Thus, maintaining a nutritional and healthy diet is a must.

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Lack of essential nutrients in your diet might hamper your baby’s development negatively. Poor diet or unhealthy eating habits and excessive weight gain might increase the risk of pregnancy & birth complications and gestational diabetes.

So, during pregnancy, it is absolutely important to eat healthily, eat nutritiously to ensure good health for you and your baby.

Given below are some highly nutritious and healthy food that you must eat when you are pregnant. Scroll down to take a look-

Spinach! Folate!

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Naturally occurring folic acid or folate content available in Spinach are very beneficial as it is very helpful for baby’s neural tube to fuse properly in the initial months after conception. not only this, the antioxidants of spinach also protects the brain tissues of your baby from damage.

Dairy Products!

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Since your body needs to consume extra calcium and proteins during pregnancy in order to fulfill the needs of the growing fetus, it is important for you to infuse several dairy products into your diet.

Dairy products are the best dietary supplements of calcium, high levels of phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and vitamins.

Greek yogurt is one of the most beneficial dairy product for pregnant women. Containing a high amount of calcium and probiotic bacteria in it, greek yogurt supports digestive health effectively.

Also, the intake of high levels of probiotic supplements during pregnancy reduces the risk of several complications namely, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, vaginal allergies, and infections.

Sweet Potatoes! Beta Carotene!

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Beneficial for the development of your baby’s central nervous system, Beta-carotene present in sweet potato, is actually a plant compound which is converted into Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is beneficial not only for growth but is also essential for differentiating tissues and cells.

A pregnant woman is often recommended to increase their intake of vitamin A by about 10% to 40% as it is beneficial for healthy fetal development. Besides this, sweet potatoes are high in fiber that increases fullness, improves digestive health & mobility and reduce blood sugar spikes. Therefore, you must include sweet potato into your diet.

Avocados! Monounsaturated Fatty Acids!

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Containing high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids, Avocados are beneficial for creating as well as maintaining myelin. Being an unusual fruit, avocados are often advised to pregnant women as it is rich in vitamin B (folate), fiber, potassium, copper, vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin E, all these are helpful in improving fetal health and also relieving your legs from those unusual cramps that take places commonly during pregnancy.

So pregnant ladies, I hope you must have prepared your diet chart infusing all the healthy food items mentioned above in order to cherish your post-motherhood phase on a healthier and happier note.

 

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