Although a healthy diet is a very significant part of a healthy lifestyle at any point in time. Eating well and healthily while pregnant is paramount, if you are to get all the nutrients necessary both for you and your developing baby. Therefore, if you desire to get the best for your baby, while ensuring that you are well and fit enough during this time and a guarantee for proper development of your baby going forward, then it is important to understand all the foods that you need to consume during this period. This is because the link between what you consume and the health of your baby is directly related. Some of these foods comprises of :
• Milk and Dairy Products:
Skimmed milk, Greek yogurt, non-fat milk, cheese, butter milk to cottage cheese are all foods that are highly rich in calcium, iron, protein as well as in vitamin B-12. These are nutrients that are every essential both to you and your baby’s development and especially when you are pregnant. Milk and dairy products without much fats can be greatly advantageous to your general health as well as to the growth of your bones.
• Cereals and whole grains, pulses and nuts:
Fortified cereals, beans and lentils, oats to whole grain bread, nut and nut butter are known to contain carbohydrates, fibre, iron as well as zinc together with some unsaturated fats such as omega 3 from nuts and which plays a very significant role in the development of the baby’s brain, while whole grains offers enough fiber that aids in the digestion by the mother. Beans for instance is rich in folate, calcium, zinc and iron.
• Fruits and Vegetables:
Carrots, Kales, Spinach, water squash, turnip, oranges, straw berries, pawpaw, banana, broccoli, cauliflower to tomatoes and many more are just but some of the foods that every pregnant woman needs to consume. These foods are not only rich in vitamin A, C and K, calcium, potassium as well as in all the important folate which are known to be very effective in protecting the life of the mother from diseases as well as that of the child. They are also very important as they play a very significant role in the preventing constipation as most vegetables contains fiber and the necessary fluids from fruits that are important to the body.
• Meat, Fish and Poultry:
Foods such as eggs, salmon, sword fish Lean meat and poultry and various sea foods are very important source of high quality proteins, unsaturated fats such as omega 3 fats as well as in calcium in addition to the 12 vitamins that are contained in an egg which of course are good for the development of the baby and to useful to the mothers health. Generally, they are very helpful in the growth and in the general body building of both the mother and her child. Sea foods also contains iodine which is also a very important player in the general wellbeing and in the growth of the baby as well as in protection of some diseases such as goiter against attacking the child or the mother
Fluids can be found either from drinking water, various drinks as well as from fruit juices. It is recommended that as a pregnant woman then yon need to consume so much water. This will not only help to revitalize you but since water act as the main ingredient in blood it then helps for the circulation of nutrients, besides it ensures that you are adequately hydrated to ensure that both of you are comfortable.
Fats and oils:
Vegetable oils and oils from sea foods contain unsaturated fats or omega 3 fats which are known to be essential fats and which are very important to the general function of the body and its organs as well as the major source of energy to the body and which plays a very important role in the baby’s development.
As a matter of fact, if you are from the UK for instance, then besides the EHIC card which will guarantee you a health insurance cover, while outside the UK and within the European economic zones, it is important that you consume these foods so that you and your baby are even more assured of proper health, growth and development.