Your body is your temple. It is also your baby’s temple for 9 months. So it’s advisable to keep your temple in good condition, and nourish it with vitamins and nutrients so your baby can thrive in a healthy environment with the aid of super foods.
Fruits & Vegetables (duh!)
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential for optimal nourishment… super important. Not only will they help balance you out and keep your strengths, they are important for the development of baby.
Calcium, for say, contributes to the development of bones and teeth in babies. Folate helps in forming red blood cells and reduces the risk of spina bifida, neural tube defects, and anencephaly in babies.
Don’t worry, you can get all these nutrients by eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. Not just a couple. Although anything is better than nothing if all you can stand vegetables wise is a romaine salad, maybe string beans and broccoli (on a good day). Just stuff it in there, mum.
You can make Oatmeal tasty if you try, look for some Oatmeal recipes and shovel that stuff down. Oatmeal is full of complex carbohydrates that’ll boost energy and keep your hunger cravings balanced.
The oat bran has plenty of fiber to help you avoid constipation that can occur during pregnancy.. This simple Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal recipe has tons of vitamins, antioxidants and other general ingredients of food power.
As said earlier, calcium is important for your baby. Doctors often recommend expecting mothers eat plenty of yogurt as it’s a great source of calcium and vitamin D. With the addition of probiotics contained in yogurt that keep your gut and digestive track healthy and strong, which prevent yeast infections which are more likely to occur during pregnancy.
Limited Seafood (But Some)
Remember that a lot of seafood products contain high levels of mercury, which can be harmful for baby. Try limiting the amount of seafood during your 9 months, but eating a little will actually be beneficial. Omega 3 fatty acids are important for baby development. So a fresh Alaskan salmon will be delicious and good, in moderation. You can find other sources of Omega 3* but the kind found in seafood like fish is often said to be the best.
*Avocado and Almonds are also a good source of omega 3 fatty acids.
If you’re worried about the development of your baby’s street smarts, eggs are a great source of Choline and vitamin B, which encourages your baby’s brain growth. Mixed with some Omega 3’s, perhaps with some Almonds, and you have a super nutrient powered power boost of healthy brain development chemicals. (mit.edu)