Foods to eat and avoid when pregnant
Take a look at what is good for your baby and what you should be avoiding when pregnant.
Avocados are loaded with folic acid, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. All the things needed to grow a healthy baby. Remember that avos are high in fat though.
Broccoli is low in fat and high in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium and folic acid. These nutrients not only help in individual cell production but also assist in the creation of healthy organs.
Lentils are another great source of folic acid and are also rich in potassium, protein and fibre. Keeping your bowels regular is important in pregnancy to prevent piles.
Juicy yummy mangoes! This great summer fruit is chock full of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and folic acid which are all vital nutrients for your pregnancy. Add them to salads, smoothies or eat them just as is.
Spinach is another great source of folic acid. It’s full of nutrients like potassium and manganese which are good for the heart. Spinach is also fat and cholesterol free.
Yoghurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium during pregnancy and also contains active cultures which reduce the risk of yeast infections.
Cut down on the caffeine. It’s a diuretic that washes calcium and other key pregnancy nutrients out of your system before they can be thoroughly absorbed. Two cups of coffee a day is okay, but heavier caffeine intake slightly increases your risk of miscarriage.
Say sayonara to sushi. Avoid eating raw fish because of exposure to mercury and the nasty bacteria that lurk within. If you do have a sushi craving go for the vegetarian or shellfish option. Although be sure that the shellfish is cooked firm.
Cheese is a great way to get some calcium in your diet. But avoid cheeses that are unpasteurised like Brie, Camembert, feta, goat cheese or Roquefort. These cheeses could contain listeria which is a bacteria that can easily be passed on to your baby.