Pregnancy is one of the greatest feats of a woman’s body. You're growing a life inside of you, so what you put into your body is important. Nutrition and healthy eating while pregnant will help your baby’s development and keep you feeling good throughout your pregnancy.
Here's 4 food groups you should eat while pregnant according to the Mayo Clinic:
Carbs find their way into our diet more often than not, and it’s important when you’re pregnant to swap out the pasta and bread for whole wheat options. Grains are an excellent source of fiber, iron, and other minerals.
Want to get the most out of your nutrition? Stock your pantry with whole-grain cereal, brown rice, and whole-grain pasta. Check nutrition labels and opt for products that list whole-grain flour first and include ingredients like barely.
2. Fruits and vegetables
It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables are good for you! The great thing about fruits and veggies is you can eat the same food you're already eating and either add or substitute them to enhance the recipe. Make a whole grain veggie pizza or top your whole grain cereal with fruit slices.
You can also try adding smoothies to the mix, but make sure you don't wind up drinking too many calories.
3. Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and beans
Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and beans all contain protein which supports the baby’s growth and are full of iron and B vitamins.
Protein-packed foods can be the main staple of your meal like a salmon filet, omelet, or black bean burger. You can also add beans or nuts to your salad, or even eat them as a snack. Try baking chickpeas or snacking on almonds (the unsalted kind).
4. Dairy products
You and your baby need calcium! Whether you drink a glass of milk, eat yogurt, or add cheese to your salads or eggs, you should aim for three cups of dairy a day.
If you are lactose intolerant, look for items with added calcium to make up for the missing dairy products.
These four food groups are important for the growth and development of your baby. While your diet will consist of some fats, oils, and sugars, opt for healthy fats and only consume sweets in moderation.
Nutrition and Exercise - A Winning Combination
What you put into your body and what you do with your body go hand-in-hand. Modifying your diet and creating an exercise routine will contribute to the health of you and your baby. If you are exercising while pregnant or during postpartum, you'll need the right activewear. Love and Fit has nursing sports bras and leggings perfect for all women, made with a no-slip waistband and constructed to work while you're pregnant, postpartum, and beyond.