So what foods are the best to eat whilst your pregnant?
Well first of all, Eggs. They are an egg-cellent source ofÂ protein. Sorry ,not funny, but seriously eggs are a fundamental part of your pregnancy diet.
All cells and tissues containÂ protein, thereforeÂ proteinÂ is essential forÂ growth and repairÂ and theÂ maintenanceÂ of good health.
There are more than a dozen vitamins and minerals found in eggs, including choline. Choline assists the development of your baby’s brain and spinal cord, and helps prevent neural tube defects.
Salmon is an exceptionally good source of Omega-3 fatty acidsÂ which are critical for your baby’s healthy development.
Women are encouraged to eat 8-12 ounces of fish a week during pregnancy, salmon is a great low-mercury option for you to tuck into.
Â You may already know beans are a superb source of protein but did you know; they are also high in iron, folic acid, potassium, magnesium AND essential fatty acids? All of which are necessary during pregnancy.
Beans are also high in fibre which can help prevent and relieve two very common pregnancy discomforts:Â constipationÂ andÂ hemorrhoids (swollen blood vessels in the dare I say it? rectal area, ouch!). So whether it’s green beans, butter beans, cannelliniÂ beans or even baked beans get them in your diet ladies.
Walnuts are one of the finest sources of plant-basedÂ omega-3s and vitamin E. They’re also a great source of protein and fiber. Grab a handful of walnuts for an on-the-run snack or toss some into a salad.
With its antioxidant properties, one of vitamin E’s main functions is to protect cells.Â With your babyâ€™s cells multiplying at an astounding rate, vitamin E is an important nutrient to include inÂ your pregnancy diet. Especially as vitamin E plays a vital role in the development of your babyâ€™s lungs.
Greek yogurt has twice the protein of regular yogurt. An added bonus, it’s a great source of probiotics andÂ calcium. Calcium helps keep your own bones strong and supports the growth of a healthy skeleton for your baby. Probiotics are also great for a healthy gut!
Dark leafy greens
Dark leafy greens (Spinach, Broccoli, Kale etc.) are all loaded with vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and K as well asÂ folic acid.
Folic acid helps preventÂ neural tube defectsÂ (NTDs) â€“ seriousÂ birth defectsÂ of the spinal cord (such as spina bifida) and the brain (such as anencephaly).
Meat is an excellent source of high-quality protein and iron, two crucial nutrients needed in the pregnancy diet. Beef and pork also have the added bonus ofÂ choline which as we already know assists the development of your baby’s brain and spinal cord helping prevent neural tube defects.