I am pleased to feature Kishana Sainte as a fit mom guest blogger. Read Kishana’s article on “What to Eat While Pregnant.”
Are you pregnant? If you are expecting a new addition to your family, this is an incredibly exciting time of life. Not only is this a time of change, love and family, but it is also a time for looking after your health and making sure that you are doing what is needed to help your baby be a bundle of joy.
One of the best ways that you can help your baby and yourself stay healthy during the pregnancy is to eat healthy. How? Continue reading to learn more on what to eat while pregnant…
Vegetables and Fruit: when it comes to eating that which the earth has provided for us, consuming plentiful amounts of organic fruits and vegetables is of high importance. A growing mom should eat around five portions of fruits and vegetables each day. You can consume these in various forms including juicing, dried, frozen, canned, or fresh. Although it may take more time to prepare fresh produce, fresh fruits and vegetables do contain a higher vitamin and nutrient content. Also, juices can be high in sugar content, so if possible, try to always eat the fresh variety when applicable.
Healthy Protein: for ladies that are supporting an unborn fetus, you are burning through your calories like there is no tomorrow. To help keep energy levels high and to give your baby growing power try to consume healthy protein. What does that mean exactly? Consume animal-sourced proteins such as chicken, fish, lean beef, and eggs. If you are vegetarian or vegan, try getting your protein in the form of Quinoa, tofu, beans, lentils, legumes, nuts, seeds, nut butter and soy products.
Calcium: Calcium is of high importance for pregnant ladies. To get your daily allotments try consuming foods such as low-fat milk, organic cheese, or Greek yoghurt. For those that live a vegan lifestyle, you can get your calcium in foods such as soybeans, bok choy, broccoli, collards, mustard greens, kale as well as calcium infused soy milk and tofu.
Fiber: Super important for pregnant ladies, as it assists with regular bowel moments, fiber also helps you avoid obesity, constipation and hemorrhoids. To get your fill of fiber try eating foods that are made with whole grains. Other foods that offer fiber include wild rice, whole grain pasta, vegetables and fruit. Try to have at least one meal be focused on fiber, such as a salad for lunch or whole grain toast for breakfast.