October 10, 2017 | by Rym Khalil
This Is How I Used to Eat Healthy During My Pregnancy, and How You Can Too
We all know how pregnancy magically changes our bodies to support that new life cooking inside. When we talk about a baby’s health and growth, we should know how good nutrition benefits his/her development inside the womb. So, I'm going to share with you some healthy eating tips that worked for me when I was pregnant.
During my pregnancy, my goal was to create a balanced diet, to feed my baby, and to cut off excessive empty calories. This balance helped me keep a good energy level during pregnancy, which was needed! So what should a healthy diet in pregnancy consist of? Read along to discover which nutrients will help you nurture yourself during those 9 months.
They are the main source of energy in our body. The body breaks carbohydrates, and passes it to the baby through the placenta. A good level of energy will make the mommy active, and will reduce the dizziness felt during pregnancy.
Here are some good sources of carbohydrates: oats, brown rice, brown bread, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, bananas and corn.
They are the building blocks of the human body. Proteins are essential in the pregnancy diet, as they stabilize the blood sugar level to avoid gestational diabetes. They also repair the tissues and red blood cells, to ensure a normal hemoglobin level in the mommy’s body.
Some sources of protein are: lean meat, eggs, beans, lentils, dairy products and poultry.
We all have this misconception about fats...they will make us gain weight! We should all limit our consumption of saturated and trans-fats. But actually, healthy fats play a significant role in the development of the baby’s brain through the fatty acids. They also help in the absorption of some nutrients in the food.
These are sources of healthy fats that women need in pregnancy: olive oil, salmon, avocados and raw nuts.
Tip: I advise all mommies to follow up with a nutritionist, as some allergies could develop during pregnancy. Constant checkups and professional analysis would benefit both, the mommy and the baby.
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