My first pregnancy was rough. I was throwing up for the first five months and counting the days until I would hit second trimester, because that’s when everyone said I would feel better. I didn’t know that it was somewhat not true. My food aversions remained until I gave birth. I became a vegetarian, eating ten apples a day, and skipping the vegetables. Truly looking at my picky eater who hates meat even now I get why I was so nauseated by meat, but in all seriousness I blame the food aversions for my extremely high weight gain. I would stuff my face with crackers and bread because that’s what people told me would keep the nausea away. I couldn’t stand cooking for the nine months (which I love when I’m not pregnant) so my husband and I ate out mostly. Constantly going out to eat, the food aversions, and the nausea heavily contributed to my fast weight gain. I’m not proud of it but Hollywood promised I would be back in my size 2 jeans the day after birth. Who knew?!
Now that I am post-Chiropractic school and working many years in the birth world, studying up nutrition in my spare time I know better. You need to create healthy habits pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and afterwards to help get that weight off postpartum.
Top 5 Pregnancy Super Foods
1.Bananas- are on the top of the list! This delicious fruit can help with alleviating nausea in the first trimester as well as a great source of potassium. It can boost up your energy levels and help if you have muscle spasms from low potassium levels. Add them into smoothies for quick and delicious morning breakfast!
2.Spinach-full of magnesium and folate! Magnesium also aids with leg cramps if you are having them during pregnancy (very common) and has a sufficient amount of folate. Folate is crucial during pregnancy especially the first few weeks when the baby is developing to prevent neural tube defects. You can make spinach omeletes or throw it into smoothies.
3.Fish-So when I was first pregnant I thought I wasn’t supposed to eat fish at all. Due to high mercury levels some fish are not supposed to be eaten when pregnant, however, there are a few that can be and to top it off, it’s good for you and the baby! Salmon, cod, and catfish have low mercury levels and are good options. Remember to choose wild caught when you can. If you like tuna stick to eating white albacore only 6 ounces per week. Eating fish in moderation is beneficial because it is full of omega-3s and will support healthy brain development of your baby. Great news for all of the fish lovers!
4.Broccoli-is packed with calcium, fiber, vitamin C, and folate. All of the essentials to keep your baby growing healthy.
5.Legumes-such as beans and lentils are loaded with protein and high fiber. No better way to fight the common pregnancy constipation!
Pregnancy is the time to not just think about what you eat for yourself but for your growing baby as well. You are responsible of what nutrients go to the baby and that is a lot of pressure, so take it slow and map out what foods are essential to your daily diet. Make sure to also drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Coconut water is a fan of many moms-to-be because it is full of electrolytes. Keeping your baby healthy starts in your belly!
Comment below what your favorite pregnancy super food is!
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