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Best Foods for Expecting Moms

During your nine months of pregnancy it’s super important to be eating right. Having balanced meals and snacks that will nourish both your and your baby’s body are key aspects of a healthy pregnancy. We’ve gathered some of our top picks for foods to eat when expecting! However, we always recommend consulting with your doctor or other healthcare professional before making any diet changes! Happy eating (for two😉)!

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are full of beta-carotene, which becomes vitamin A in your body—an important vitamin in the development of your baby. They also have loads of fibre and are a complex carbohydrate, which means they will leave you full for hours!

Eggs

Cooked eggs are a great source of protein and have a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, which are perfect for pregnant moms. Just remember to avoid raw or sunnyside up eggs, as bacteria in un or undercooked eggs can cause salmonella.

Dark Leafy Greens

The darker the green, the more nutrients! Change it up from the classic iceberg lettuce and try some super tasty and high vitamin spinach, kale, or Swiss chard. These super greens all pack in an extra punch of iron too, which is a key nutrient for mamas-to-be!

Salmon

Although, you should avoid the raw and smoked varieties, cooked salmon is a good choice for developing babies. The omega 3 fats are important for brain development and with high amount of protein, you’re sure to feel full and satisfied after eating.

Water

Staying hydrated during pregnancy is super important! Try keeping a BPA free water bottle handy with you to keep your thirst quenched! Double check your water intake if you’re feeling low energy— you might just be dehydrated.

Milk

Calcium is one of the most important nutrients and helps your baby develop strong bones. It’s usually recommended that pregnant women have 2-3 servings of milk/milk products per day. Remember to always choose pasteurized products when pregnant. If you don’t eat dairy products, fortified vegan milk such as soy or almond is the perfect substitute.

Bananas

Bananas are great during pregnancy for a few reasons! They are stocked with potassium which, can help with pregnancy related leg cramps. They also are full of vitamin B6, which has been proven to help alleviate nausea (aka: the perfect morning sickness cure).   Bananas are also a higher calorie fruit, so they give you a good and lasting energy boost!

 

We hope this list has given you some ideas for delicious and nutritious meals when pregnant! 🤰

 

Sources:

Albert, T. (2015, August 15). The pregnancy diet: 5 must-have foods. Retrieved from https://www.todaysparent.com

Bjarnadottir, A. (2018, July 17). 13 Foods to Eat When You're Pregnant. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com

Kuzemchak, S. 27 Pregnancy Power Foods. Retrieved from https://www.parents.com