Eating during pregnancy is not really about whether you feel like it, it is more of a necessity. You need to not only eat, but you need to eat right and take precautions against possible but avoidable complications. Below are 10 food tips to help you make the most of the foods you take in pregnancy for you and your unborn child.
1. Indulge Your Crave:
Sometimes craving is your body’s way of demanding for the nutrients it requires, so don’t feel guilty eating what your body craves for. Besides, you’ll hardly get another excuse to eat those foods you normally won’t go out of your way to get.
2. Don’t Skip Breakfast
Whether you wake up nauseous or ravenous, eating a healthy breakfast is super-important when you’re pregnant. breakfast is not called the “most important meal of the day” for nothing. You don’t want to have to worry about low sugar levels or energy, so, help yourself to some nutrient fortified breakfast.
3. Eating For Two
Be moderate in your food intake and let go of the illusion you are eating for two people. It is best to divide one large meal into several portions which you can eat throughout the day. This will help you be more comfortable as well as keep constipation at bay.
4. Keep The Following To A Minimum
Liver, junk food, cakes, pastries, coffee, meat spreads, chocolate drinks, fizzy drinks, red meat and peanuts should be kept to the barest minimum, say, once a week.
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5. Variety Is the Spice Of Life
Eating a wide variety of food every day will guarantee that you are getting a good amount of vitamins and minerals that you and your baby require for an uneventful pregnancy and delivery.
6. Do The Right proteins
Doing, the right protein will not only ensure a great start for your baby by forming the basic building block of life, but it can protect your pregnancy against problems like eclampsia, pregnancy-induced hypertension. The right of proteins include protein found in chicken, fish and lentils, yoghurt and beans.
7. Be Folic Friendly
Take a prenatal vitamin with iron and folic acid every day. Iron keeps your blood healthy and folic acid helps prevent neural defects like Spina Bifida.
8. Drink Lots Of Water
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Apart from the fact that water detoxifies your body, it reliefs you of constipation. Always carry a bottle of water with you, so you can sip every now and then, because drinking a large quantity of water at once can make you nauseous.
9. Embrace fibre Rich Foods
For your stomach troubles, you should include a high dose of fibre rich food in your diet. Leafy vegetables like spinach and pumpkin leaves could help you with bowel movements. African garden eggs are in season and can help you get over your constipation worries quite effectively.
10. Be Clean, Stay Healthy
Ensure that the fruits and vegetables that you consume have been properly rinsed under running water. You can also use a scrub brush to remove dirt from fruits like carrots. Wash your hand always.
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