HEALTHY EATING IN PREGNANCY

Posted on 08. Jan, 2014 by in Health

When you’re pregnant, a healthy diet is an incredibly important element in building a healthy lifestyle that can help your unborn foetus grow into a healthy baby. Therefore, if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, eating healthy during your pregnancy is crucial. The midwives at Simply Better Births can help you navigate towards a healthy and positive pregnancy. Let’s look at some foodstuffs and how they impact on pregnancy?

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  • Fruit and Vegetables – Remember to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables because they contain lots of vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre which helps digestion and prevents constipation. Remember to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. These can be frozen, fresh, canned, dried or even juiced! Always wash them and follow guideline instructions.
  •  Carbohydrates – Starchy foods (foods high with carbohydrates) are an incredibly important source of vitamins and fibre. They are a solid source of nutrients without too many calories. These foodstuffs include bread, potatoes, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, maize, oats, yams, cornmeal and sweet potatoes.
  • Protein – Protein is incredibly important. Make sure you include a healthy amount of high protein foodstuffs in your diet. For example, eat chicken, fish, eggs, beans, nuts. Remember when it comes to poultry and meat, make sure they are whole cuts of meat and not processed. Try to eat two portions of fish a week. Such as mackerel or salmon which are high in omega oils which are good for you and your baby.
  • Dairy – Foodstuffs, like milk, cheese, yoghurt are important during pregnancy because they contain calcium and other nutrients that are really good for you and your baby’s developmental needs. Why not choose low-fat varieties where possible? For example, semi-skimmed over full-fat milk etc?

What should and you shouldn’t eat during pregnancy?

It’s really difficult to know, each day newspapers and broadcasters talk about things that you should and shouldn’t eat. However, the team of midwives at Simply Better Births can help you plan and manage your food intake. Here are some examples of what’s good and what’s bad:

  • High Sugar/Fatty Foods to Avoid – You should try to cut down on the following types of foodstuffs. Spreads, Oils, Salad Dressings, Cakes, Ice Creams, Crisps and Chocolate. Fatty foods can affect your cholesterol levels which increases the chances of heart disease.
  • Healthy Snacks – Why not try eating a healthier snack when pregnant? Why not try sandwiches or pitta bread with cheese, ham or salmon? Try low-fat yoghurts, vegetables, fruit or baked beans on toast? By eating and snacking more healthily, you can make sure you get the right sustenance for your body but also the right nutrients for your baby’s development.

For more advice on health-related issues and pregnancy why not visit Simply Better Births to get helpful hints, tips and advice on planning a healthy pregnancy and a lot more from labour to post-natal care and other pregnancy-based issues? If you need further assistance why not get in contact with the team of qualified midwives at Simply Better Births, simply email info@simplybetterbirths.co.uk or alternatively why not call the team direct on 0844 880 1084 to find answers to your pregnancy queries or questions?

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