Is there anything else as tiring as being pregnant? Growing a baby drains an expectant mom from the inside out. There is always a temptation to want to opt for the next energy drink or have a tad more of your daily caffeine dosage, just to give you that extra energy to make it through the day. Thankfully, we have been blessed with natural foods that are guaranteed to give you the extra boost of energy you need every day to make it through your nine months of pregnancy.
Tiny as it is, it is a source of high protein. Yes, during this period you would need to imbibe a lot of healthy and baby friendly protein into your diet. This helps to boost your energy level and make your baby grow healthy too. E.g fish, cheese, milk, lentils, beans e.t.c
Most times, exhaustion is as a result of dehydration. In pregnancy, it is optimal to your health to up your daily dosage of water to at least 4 liters. Why? this helps to flush toxins from your system, your blood and also improves blood flow through out the body and to the baby.
Iron packed vegetables are essential from the first day you realize you are pregnant. As pregnancy progresses, especially as blood flow demand increases, you need to ensure that you are eating the right type of foods that feed your energy. E.g ugwu, spinach, waterleaf.
Luckily, we are blessed with varieties of nuts in Nigeria. Did we also mention that they can make for a great snack and keep you on a healthy weight gain? They offer protein and fiber to keep you fuller longer.
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Fried, boiled or baked, they help you to reach your appropriate amount of iron. The vitamin C and copper in it also helps your body to absorb the iron in it.
Apples, pineapples, oranges, mangoes e.t.c. Apples are fiber-rich apples and also an excellent choice for a mid-afternoon snack, they’re also disease-fighting powerhouses. What’s more ? Apples contain boron, a mineral that helps keep you alert.
Yogurt boasts higher concentrations of protein, calcium, and vitamin D than milk. Plus many brands of yogurt have live active cultures, which can aid digestion. Try organic or Greek yogurt since it’s less likely to be loaded with artificial ingredients, sugar, and preservatives.
We would like to know what you use to keep up your energy while pregnant. Also try these out and let us know if it helps.