PREGNANT DIET

It is hard to maintain a healthy diet during pregnancy because of hormonal imbalance but, hey, you have to do it for you and your baby.
The following may not be your ideal meal right now but they are very crucial to you and the fetal growth.

1.Greens.

Greens include spinach, broccoli , kale, cabbage, lettuce, mustard greens, iceberg, collard greens and traditional vegetables. They have nutrients such as iron, potassium, vitamin A,C,K and fiber.

Iron is essential for pregnant women as it forms hemoglobin which is required for transportation of adequate oxygen across the body. It is also essential for fetal growth. Its deficiency leads to low hemoglobin in the body hence iron deficiency anemia, dizziness,  weakness, extreme fatigue, poor appetite and poor fetal growth.

Fiber is essential to minimize constipation during pregnancy.

2. Dairy products

They include milk, yogurt, cheese among others and they contain calcium which is required for healthy bone formation for the fetus.  The mother also requires calcium for healthy  and strong bones.

3. Eggs

Eggs are high biological proteins which are essential for fetal growth and brain health due its choline and omega 3 fatty acids contents.

4. Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates provide energy required for fetal growth and therefore the intake should be increased.

5. Fats

Unsaturated fats such as olive oil contribute in the development of foetus.

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for fetal nervous system development.

6. Water

A minimum of 8 glasses of water a day is essential for elimination of waste material from the body and for nourishment of the fetus and the mother.

Feel free to add other points and correct me where I am wrong.
Thank you for reading.

 

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