Congratulations on your pregnancy! Eating the right foods during this special time is essential for both you and your baby’s health. Here are some of the best foods to eat while pregnant:
Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and other important nutrients that help support a healthy pregnancy. Aim to get at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Choose a variety from all colors of the rainbow for maximum nutrition benefits.
Whole Grains: Whole grains provide energy-boosting carbohydrates as well as B vitamins which can help reduce fatigue during pregnancy. Examples include whole wheat breads, oats, quinoa, brown rice, barley or millet.
Lean Proteins: Lean proteins such as fish (especially fatty fish like salmon), poultry without skin or fat removed, eggs (cooked until firm) tofu or tempeh are great sources of protein that will help keep you feeling full longer throughout the day. Protein also helps build strong muscles in your baby so make sure to include it in your diet every day.
Dairy Products: Dairy products such as milk (low-fat if desired), yogurt (plain Greek yogurt is especially good!), cheese (preferably low-fat varieties) provide calcium which is essential for bone development in babies. They also contain vitamin D which helps absorb calcium more efficiently into our bodies – something we need even more when pregnant.
Healthy Fats: Healthy fats found in nuts & seeds, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, nut butters etc., should be included in moderation. These fats not only give us energy but they also play an important role in brain development. Omega 3 fatty acids found mainly in oily fish like salmon & sardines have been linked to improved cognitive function & vision. So don’t forget about these healthy fats.
Water: Staying hydrated is key during pregnancy – aim for 8 glasses per day. Not only does water keep us hydrated but it’s also necessary for proper digestion & elimination. It can even help prevent constipation – one of those pesky side effects many women experience during their pregnancies.
Herbal Teas: Herbal teas can be a great way to get extra fluids into our diets without having to drink plain water all the time. Some herbal teas may even offer additional benefits depending on what herbs they contain – chamomile tea has calming properties while peppermint tea may aid digestion. Just make sure you check with your doctor before drinking any herbal teas just to be safe.
Pregnancy can be an exciting yet overwhelming time so try not to stress too much over what you’re eating – focus instead on making small changes towards healthier habits overall. Eating nutritious meals filled with fresh fruits & veggies, lean proteins, whole grains & healthy fats along with plenty of fluids will go a long way towards helping ensure both mommy & baby stay happy and healthy throughout this special journey together. 🙂