You are what you eat- That is old news. Want to hear something new? What you eat during your 9 months of pregnancy will have an impact on your baby and your health for decades to come!
It may be overwhelming to understand how and what to eat when you are eating for two. After all, it is time for all the big changes. So if you’re confused about how to give yourself and boost of nutrients to stay healthy and strong, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered!
Here are 5 foods that I recommend that should be part of your daily pregnancy diet
Colourful Fruits And Veggies
You had to know this group if you were trying to eat healthy. I cannot emphasize enough on the importance of colourful fruits and vegetables. They give you a chock full of vitamins and minerals, and make sure you get enough fibre and antioxidants that will keep your journey healthy and happy! Choose your greens for your recommended dose of calcium, folate, potassium and fibre! Choose from a variety of fruits for a boost of vitamins and all the goodness.
Add the humble dahi to your day for a happy digestive tract. Dahi enhances gut health and improves the ‘good’ kind of bacteria. It is also an amazing food to pack up on your calcium requirement. Make this versatile food a part of your daily meal for strong bones and optimum growth of your baby.
Eggs are a great source of protein from the amino acids that form a building block for cells in your body. Along with essential vitamins and minerals, eggs contain choline that helps the brain and spinal cord development in babies. Vegetarian sources of choline are broccoli, chickpeas, tofu and flaxseeds.
Whole grains are rich in fibre and should form an important part of your meal. Whole grains contain Vitamin E and selenium that are known to have antioxidant properties and the phytonutrients protect our cells from damage. Move over rice & wheat and experiment with various whole grains like jowar, bajra, rajgira etc for their wholesome goodness.
Grabbing a fistful of walnuts on-the-go will be an amazing addition to your pregnancy diet. Packed with fibre and protein, walnuts provide you with brain-boosting omega 3’s. Magnesium from the nuts also helps build your baby’s’ nervous system. So chomp away!
Examples Of What To Eat For The Nutrients You Need!
- Fibre- Fruits, vegetables, nuts and oilseeds, jowar and wheat
- Calcium– Milk, dahi, paneer, dark green leafy vegetables
- Folic Acid- Dals, peas, spinach, okra and citrus fruit juices
- Iron- Spinach, beans, cashews, pumpkin seeds, dals and lentils
- Vitamin C- Guava, orange, papaya, berries
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