For mums-to-be, it’s important to take precautions when choosing what to eat. Here’s a recommended list of what to eat and avoid during pregnancy.
GREEN VEGETABLES: This contains high level of folic acid and iron. Folic acid prevents birth defects like Spina Bifida (a problem with the spine) and Encephalocele (this occurs early in a woman’s pregnancy when part of the developing baby’s skull does not close completely).
BLACK-EYE BEANS: Also known as white beans. Its high content of iron is good for you. Iron produces hemoglobin which is the main protein in red blood cells. It also contains folic acid.
BROWN RICE: This is another good source of folic acid.
RED MEAT: This contains iron and protein.
FRUITS/ORANGE JUICE: Fruits, especially orange juice is rich in vitamin C. This is good for a pregnant woman for its role in the maintenance of collagen in the membrane. It also fights infection for the mother and baby and helps in the easy absorption of iron. Fruits also contains iron.
DIARY PRODUCTS: This has high contents of iron. A glass of warm milk before sleeping helps to avoid insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder whereby one experiences poor sleep or has trouble sleeping.
Liver: Apart from its high level of iron, which is good for a pregnant woman, liver also contains a high level of Vitamin A which may cause damage to the embryo. If you choose to eat any of these fruits, make sure it isn’t frequently.
Peanut: It is recommended by the Department of Health, that pregnant and breastfeeding women avoid eating peanuts especially if there is a family history of allergies such as asthma, eczema or hay fever.
Non-Pasteurized Milk, Cheese or Yoghurt: These increases the risk of transmission of infectious disease such as Listeria.
Sword Fish, Marlin and Shark: Contain unsafe levels of mercury and this could harm the baby’s developing nervous system.
Undercooked or Raw Meat/Eggs: This often causes Listerioris or Toxoplasmosis. These parasites can cross the placenta and harm your unborn child.
Tags: Food Guide, pregnancy nutrition
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Good tips…thanks MISM
I’m mums-to-be, 3 month prgnant now, my cups growl larger when pregnant ,is there any advice about what kind of nursing bras is comfortable to wear ?
Good to know. Thanks MISM
Wow. Tanks for dis MIM. Came at d right time.
thanks for this information. I almost requested for pineapple today.
I luv dis, pls mism…
Wanted to write u and know what a pregnant woman should not eat, this came at d very right time for me. U r d BEST
Wao thanks MIM
Noted, pineapple? Hmmmmm though I heard is acidic sha.
Good one. Tanx
Great info..thanks MISM
I love youghourt sha
Timely! thanks MISM
Thanx.l knew abt pineapple but not paw paw n grapes
Wow!! And I eat paw paw and pineapple everyday, hope it has not affacted my baby
Good tips. Thanks But pineapple is also recommended to induce labour. I was told to eat much of pineapple when I was approaching my due date. .
I dnt think any fruit is bad. I feel everytin shuld be taken in d right proportion. I read frm other article dat grapes is good even yourgurt. Well I eat all fruits dey re good.
Nice one. Thanks MIM.
I love this. Thanks MHIS for sharing again
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