A healthy diet during pregnancy will provide important nutrients, vitamins, folic acid and calcium for you and your unborn child, so switch your bad eating habits for healthier ones.
A lot of people will tell what you can and can’t eat when you are pregnant and sometimes this can leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused. But don’t worry much, our food guide should put some of your food fears to rest.
Yoghurt is a good source of protein. It has more calcium than milk and it contains active cultures that reduce the risk of yeast infections, which are very common during pregnancy.
- Orange Juice
Not only is it known to lower high blood pressure, which is dangerous during pregnancy, but it is also high in vitamin C, folic acid and a good source of potassium.
- Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables
Spinach, kale, swiss chard and other green leafy vegetable are loaded with nutrients and vitamins A, C, and K, as well as folate. They’ve been known to promote eye health.
- Whole Grains
Whole grains are also important in pregnancy, because they are high in fibre and nutrients, including vitamin E. You can find whole grains in oatmeal, barley, corn, rice, rye and wheat.
As with beans, lentils are a great source of folate and are rich in iron and protein. They are also full of fibre, which helps prevent constipation and subsequent haemorrhoids.
Eating well during pregnancy doesn’t mean increasing how much you eat, but rather considering what you eat. So in order to keep you and your baby healthy, focus on eating nutritious foods.
By Thina Mthembu. IMAGES: PIXABAY.