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Types of Foods You Should Have While Being Pregnant

Becoming a mother is probably the best feeling a woman can experience in their life. Bringing a child into this world is a blessing but while being pregnant you should take important steps for your and your baby’s wellbeing. Along with doing light exercises, taking enough rest, and having good food are very important for both the mother and the baby. 

If you are pregnant then you should consult with your doctor about the kind of foods you should have to deliver a healthy baby. You should include foods that are rich in various nutrients such as calcium, carbs, protein, calcium, iron, and essential vitamins. If you are pregnant then there is a possibility that you will feel more hungry than usual and want to eat different foods but while eating foods, choose the ones that suit your taste buds and also deliver essential nutrients because whatever you eat is what the baby in your womb will get. Here are a few types of foods you should eat while you are pregnant,

1. Dairy products

Extra protein and calcium are very important for pregnant mothers to meet the requirements of their babies. Include dairy products especially milk, yoghurt, and cheese in your diet. Dairy products are quite rich in high-quality proteins which are casein and whey. Along with proteins dairy products contain calcium, and good amounts of phosphorus, vitamin B, zinc, and magnesium. Among all dairy products, yoghurt contains more calcium and is quite beneficial for the mother and baby in her womb. Yoghurt with probiotic bacteria, improves digestive health.

2. Eggs

Eggs are considered one of the healthiest foods ever, because they have almost every nutrient you require whether you are pregnant or not. Especially for pregnant women, eggs should be added to their diet as it proves to be quite beneficial for both mother and child. A single egg contains nutrients, good quality protein, fat, and various essential minerals and vitamins.  Eggs also contain an important nutrient that is quite important to have during pregnancy as it helps the baby’s brain development along with alerting developmental abnormalities of the spine and brain. Having boiled eggs is more beneficial but you can have it in any form – omelet or scrambled- and you get all the nutrients an egg provides.

3. Lentil

Lentils contain lots of vegetarian protein and it surely deserves a place on your diet. A single cup of cooked lentils has around 17 grams of protein and nearly 7 milligrams of iron which will benefit both the mother and the child. Lentils also contain vitamin B folate also known as folic acid which helps to form the unborn child’s brain and nervous system along with having a powerful protective effect that fights against neural-tube defects such as spina bifida; a birth-related condition where a spine does not form properly. Lentils are also rich in fiber, that help keep your digestive system healthy and prevent pregnancy-related constipation.

4. Colourful fruits and veggies

You should include lots of coloured foods like red, green,  orange, yellow, and purple vegetables and fruits as it aids you and your baby in getting a range of nutrients. Each colour group gives many vitamins and minerals. You can have them as salads as it’s an easy way to merge colourful fruits and vegetables.

Try to get organic fruits and veggies as chemically laced fruits and veggies are not good for health. Along with colourful fruits, broccoli and dark greeny leafy vegetables are also very good for the mother and the baby because they contain nutrients including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, iron, folate, and potassium. Having green veggies on your plate is an efficient way to receive vitamins and avoid constipation.

5. Lean meat

Lean meat contains amino acids which are the building blocks of every cell in both the bodies of the mother and her baby. Lean meat is a high-protein food that makes you full for many hours by stabilising your blood sugar, and that is why you should consume around three servings (75 grams) of protein every day.

Lean meat is one of the best foods to have when you are pregnant. It is also rich in iron, which helps in red blood cell supply to the baby in the womb of the mother. Iron also helps in the brain development of the baby.

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