Here are some foods which are considered best during pregnancy. Check Them Out!
Beans- Navy beans, lentils, black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas … there are so many to choose from. “Beans contain the most fiber and protein of all the vegetables.” You already know that it’s important to get enough protein during pregnancy, but you may not yet realize that fiber could become your new best friend. When you’re pregnant, your gastrointestinal tract slows down, putting you at risk for constipation and hemorrhoids. Fiber can help prevent and relieve these problems. In addition, food that contains fiber tends to be rich in nutrients. This is certainly true of beans, which are good sources of iron, folate, calcium, and zinc.
Sweet potatoes- Sweet potatoes get their orange color from carotenoids, plant pigments that are converted to vitamin A in our bodies. Although consuming too much “preformed” vitamin A can be dangerous, carotenoids are a different type. They’re converted to vitamin A only as needed, so there’s no need to restrict your consumption of vitamin A-rich fruits and veggies.Sweet potatoes are also a great source of vitamin C, folate, and fiber. And like beans, they’re inexpensive and versatile. “Cook extra and save them to slice up later as a snack.”
Popcorn and other whole grains- Yes, you read that right. Popcorn is a whole grain. Whole grains are important in pregnancy because they’re high in fiber and nutrients, including vitamin E, selenium, and phytonutrients (plant compounds that protect cells). But don’t stop at popcorn: There are lots of other whole grains out there, from oatmeal to barley. “Whole grain quinoa is easy to make and is very high in nutrients, particularly protein, making it a superfood in and of itself.”
Walnuts- “Walnuts are one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3s, a handful of walnuts is a great choice for an on-the-run snack or an addition to a salad.”While plant-based omega-3s don’t provide much of the DHA that will benefit your baby, they’re still good for both of you. Walnuts are also a good source of protein and fiber.
Greek yogurt- Greek yogurt typically has twice the protein of regular yogurt. And any kind of yogurt is a great source of calcium, which is vital in a pregnancy diet. If you don’t take in enough calcium, the limited amount you have will go to your baby, depleting the calcium in your bones. “The goal during pregnancy is to make sure you provide everything your baby needs without sacrificing your own health and nutrition. Calcium will help keep your own bones intact while laying down a healthy skeleton for your baby.”
Dark green, leafy vegetables- Spinach, kale, and other green leafy vegetables are loaded with vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and K, as well as the all-important folate. They’ve also been found to promote eye health.