Pure Good boss lady, Shannon is bursting at the seams – figuratively and literally. That’s right folks, she is expecting her first baby in the first half of 2018. The Pure Good team couldn’t be more excited about extending the family and welcoming another health-nut, foodie into our world. So, in the spirit of all things pregnancy and to help our own Shannon on her journey, we thought we’d look into some tips around diet when you’re expecting.
But before we begin we thought we’d start with a reminder; the most important thing about being healthy during pregnancy is doing what is right for you. You love yourself and your baby, and researching ways to eat healthier for both of you is great but it’s important to remember that what works for one, might not work for the other. You need to find out what kind of diet is healthy for you.
That’s where we come in. We’ve got some suggestions on what to eat that might help you ensure a happy and healthy pregnancy.
Here are our top pregnancy-proof foods:
- Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene which is a source of Vitamin A. Vit A helps fetal development because it aids growth and cell differentiation, and beta-carotene is particularly important because you avoid toxicity that might come with the over-consumption of other Vitamin A sources
- Oranges are the perfect pregnancy snack. They’re Vitamin C rich to help keep your immune system strong for mom and baby, but they’re also 90% water. During pregnancy you need to ensure your fluid intake is optimal is you want to avoid fatigue – oranges can help you get there
- Leafy greens like spinach and kale are packed with nutrients – those necessary in pregnancy and everyday life. Think fibre, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and iron to name a few. They’re also low in calories if you’re concerned about pregnancy weight gain and their high-fibre content aids with an age-old pregnancy problem: the dreaded constipation
- Eggs are a protein-rich food that are easy to cook up – even if you and your partner are drained from pregnancy problems. They have all the essential amino acids your body needs and so are considered a complete protein
And here are some things we’d avoid when expecting:
- Caffeine should be limited when you’re pregnant. It gets tough when you’re tired but avoiding too much caffeine will ensure a healthy baby. Caffeine has been linked to low birth weights, and in some cases miscarriage
- Fish should be avoided, particularly when eaten raw (goodbye sushi!). A number of types of fish contain mercury which is not good for fetal brain development. But that’s not to say you can’t enjoy any fish – salmon is mercury free and is actually a good addition to your pregnancy plate
- Unwashed fruit and veg could be exposed to toxoplasmosis as a result of the soil it was grown in. Fruit and veg are a vital part of your pregnancy diet (and every diet) so it’s important that they’re washed and ready to go before you put them in your mouth