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5 Healthy Foods For Expecting Mothers read

Feb 08 2021

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Congratulations on entering this beautiful new phase of life. By now, you must have been familiar with the bombardment of advices on what to eat and avoid. Eating right and in adequate quantity is indeed a challenging task for expecting mothers, especially due to the overload of conflicting information.

We understand your predicament. If you too are confused about your diet during pregnancy, we bring you a list of 5 healthy foods to give your pregnancy a nutritional boost.

Read on to know about the 5 types of foods that constitutes healthy diet during pregnancy.

1. MAKE AN ‘EGGCELLENT’ CHOICE

Eggs contain over 12 vitamins and minerals alongside quality protein which are all essential during pregnancy. Eggs also contain choline which helps in the development of your baby’s brain, and takes care of its overall growth. Expecting moms can eat one to two eggs a day if their blood cholesterol is normal. If cholesterol is a concern, substitute egg whites with whole eggs. Also, avoid consuming raw or undercooked eggs.

2. ADD DAIRY TO YOUR DAILY MEALS

Calcium is essential for the development of your baby’s bones and so, it is important you include it in your daily diet. You can opt for soymilk, Greek yogurt, or low-fat yogurt. Add fruits like oranges, prunes, mulberries, or even apples to your yogurt to make it delicious and healthier. Wholegrain cereals dipped in milk are a good option for a fuller meal.

3. DON’T FORGET YOUR MAGIC BEANS

Beans are a key source of proteins and fibre and are indispensable especially if you are a vegetarian. They are also a rich source of iron, calcium, zinc and folate - all essential nutrients during pregnancy. Try lentils. They contain folic acid, which plays a significant role in your baby’s development. Add kidney beans, soybeans, black and white beans, and black-eyed peas to your diet. You can try them in your soups, salads or pasta for an elevated taste.

4. ADD SOME COLOUR TO YOUR DIET

Eating a mix of yellow, orange, red, white, and green fruits and vegetables will ensure that your baby and you get a variety of nutrients. Each color provides a different set of nutrients and thus, they must be included in your balanced diet.

5. GREEN LEAFY VEGGIES ARE AN EXPECTING MOMMY’S BEST FRIENDS

Green leafy vegetables like spinach, lettuce, fenugreek and salad leaves are full of antioxidants. The high folate content prevents congenital defects in your baby and the vitamins A, C, and K promote eye growth.

As you happily prepare for the baby’s arrival, it is imperative you concentrate equally on your health. Along with eating healthy, consider taking a look at MEDICAL INSURANCE COMPANIES IN INDIA and opt for a suitable insurance policy for your delivery.

 

 


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