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Having a healthy diet is essential for maintaining positive mental and physical health throughout our lives. However, making wise nutritional choices is even more critical during pregnancy. While you are eating for two, you need to know how best to optimise your diet in order to ensure that you remain healthy and your baby develops properly.
To this end, you will save valuable time and effort by focusing on the best foods for pregnancy and incorporating them into your diet. Fortunately, there are some superfoods that have been studied and found to be ideal for pregnancy. Knowing these foods and doing your best to eat them as often as possible will benefit both you and your growing baby.
Let’s take a closer look at three of these superfoods to keep you healthy during your pregnancy.
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Leafy dark-green vegetables are packed with nutrition and are an essential element of one’s diet at any stage of life. For pregnant women, getting enough leafy greens in your daily diet will ensure that you get abundant amounts of folate, iron and calcium. Each of these substances is important for maintaining a proper balance in your blood and with iron for avoiding anaemia during your pregnancy.
Rather than just chomping on them raw, you can incorporate leafy greens into salads or many other dishes. You can even steam leafy greens to release more nutrients before consuming them. Try kale, spinach, or collard greens and take this time in your life to explore new nutritious culinary avenues.
Eggs are one of the best quick sources of protein for pregnant women. Protein is critical for ensuring that your baby has enough building blocks to develop properly. The omega fats in eggs are also important for the healthy development of your growing baby’s brain. In terms of nutritional profile, eggs are also a great source of B vitamins, zinc and copper.
Organic and free-range eggs should be the first choice during pregnancy. Making sure that your eggs come from the best possible source without the use of mass-production techniques will provide you with an egg of better quality. Also, be sure to avoid undercooked or raw eggs while pregnant.
The incredibly versatile avocado is a great choice for optimising your diet during your pregnancy. This superfood has grown wildly in popularity in recent years. Filled with potassium and monounsaturated fatty acids, you can be sure that your baby’s heart and brain will benefit. Avocados are also loaded with fibre and vitamin K.
Try adding avocados to salads or smash them up to make guacamole for a nutritiously dense snack. Avocados come in both green and black varieties but both types are packed with similar nutritional benefits for your pregnancy.
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Having a healthy diet during pregnancy involves more than just consuming a few superfoods. Make sure to plan out a balanced and complete diet with sufficient additional calories to supply your growing baby with what they need to thrive. You might also consider taking prenatal vitamins including folic acid to be sure that you and your baby are meeting your nutritional needs. Discuss your dietary plans with your family physician or nutritionist to ensure that you are hitting your daily nutritional requirements.
The more you know about optimal nutrition during your pregnancy, the better you will be able to care for both your own health and the health of your developing child. These three superfoods are only a sample of what a well-balanced diet looks like during pregnancy. Continue to research this topic more and include as many nutritionally-dense foods in your diet as possible to reap the most bene