This is a huge question many women have in pregnancy. Even I wondered what were the right foods I should eat while pregnant. I asked questions like was it ok to continue on my vegan diet. Should I eat meat? Are all fruits and veggies ok for baby? And what about seafood?
Everyone is different. Even pregnant women have different needs during their pregnancies. However, there are some foods that meet the general needs of a growing pregnant body and baby. Making sure you get the right nutrition for you and your baby is one of the most important jobs you have as a new mother. Your baby’s body, brain, and general well-being is developing right now. And you can have a positive impact it.
Here are the foods that helped me the most during my pregnancy.
Full of protein, chickpeas are quite versatile. You can add them to rice and vegetable dishes or just eat tons of hummus like I did. It’s really easy to boost your protein intake with chickpeas. There are almost 6 grams of protein in one serving of chickpeas.
Almonds have protein and vitamin E. They are a good source of minerals and support a healthy heart. The good part is, this is a great snack food that you can carry everywhere you go. I keep a small ziplock bag of almond in my purse. When those intense hunger sensations hit, I have the perfect food to nourish my body. You can also enjoy the health benefits of almond with almond better. It taste so much better than peanut butter and is so good for you too!
Green Leafy Veggies
Collards, kale, spinach are all great foods to eat when you’re pregnant. In fact, eat them everyday. Lots and lots of them. They are high in iron, folic acid, and calcium. They also will keep your energy levels how and your bowels regular. Eat them raw and uncooked if possible. They are great in salads. Although they won’t fill you up, they will give you and baby the nutrients you need for the next nine months.
Loaded with good fats, this is a pregnancy superfood. Avocados also are high in folic acid and vitamin B6, which are good for baby’s brain development. They’re so delicious, you can eat them by themselves, in guacamole (just go easy on the chips), or in salads.
This tiny little fruit contains more vitamin c than any other food, that we’ve discovered, on earth. They are a nutritional powerhouse. Don’t let the size fool you! They will nourish you and help keep your immune system functioning well so you don’t get sick while you’re pregnant. You already have enough to deal with besides adding a cold or flu to the mix.
This is a controversial one because of the bacteria it contains. So definitely check with your naturopathic doctor or make your own informed decision before consuming kimchi while pregnant. With all that legal stuff said and out of the way, I loved kimchi while I was pregnant! And that good bacteria is amazing for your body. I believe this good bacteria is the key to maintaining a good intestinal environment for your baby. Getting the proper amounts of good bacteria can ensure you have healthy bacteria in their birth canal to inoculate their newborn babies. Kimchi also keeps yeast infections away, and I believe it helps pregnant women avoid group strep be infection.
Yogurt is often recommended for getting the right amounts of good bacteria, but recently, studies have found yogurt to be an insufficient source of good bacteria. The sugar content of yogurt cancels out the health benefits of it’s good bacteria. Also, most yogurt companies use weak strands of good bacteria that aren’t as effective. Again, the decision to eat kimchi is totally up to you, but for me it’s a powerful part of my pregnancy diet.
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