10 foods to eat to have a healthy pregnancy

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Your diet and health matter most when you become pregnant. There are 10 foods you should be eating while pregnant. After all, you’re no longer taking care of just yourself, you’re eating for two…or more! Make sure you future little ones have the best foods available to them. These delicious and healthy foods will help the baby’s growth and keep you healthy to face all the stress and strains of both pregnancy and labour.

Bananas

With their potassium-rich content, bananas have the power to reduce water retention and maintain a healthy fluid balance. Bananas also give you a great boost of energy which you will need for preparing for the baby! The chemical tryptophan in bananas also helps promote better sleep, something you wont get much of after baby.

Dairy products

Calcium is a pregnancy essential! A full glass of milk on a daily basis is VERY important. You can also indulge in other dairy products such as: cheese, cottage cheese, yoghurt, buttermilk, etc., to meet your daily calcium requirements.

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Sweet potatoes

A healthy and yummy side that contains calcium, vitamin C and betacarotene, all of which are vital nutrients for skin and eye development.

Eggs

One of the most healthiest foods in the world you can consume during your pregnancy and in general. Eggs are the richest source of proteins, are low in calories, and are also overflowing with high-quality omega-3 fatty acids. They are also a good source of folic acid, choline and iron. Eggs aid in keeping your amniotic membranes strong while preventing birth defects in the fetus.

Dried apricots

Dried apricots contain folic acid, magnesium, potassium and calcium, which all will prevent your bowel movement from getting sluggish as your pregnancy progresses. One handful of these will give you 10% of your daily iron requirement.

Tofu

A great source of protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin K. Greats for vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Tofu also promises normal blood clotting, particularly after birth.

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Broccoli

Broccoli is rich in  folic acid, manganese and potassium, all which contribute toward stronger bone development in the fetus.

Sunflower seeds

A health and easy snack. Sunflower seeds are packed with both omega-3 and omega-06 fatty acids, as well as magnesium, vitamins A, B, D, E and K, calcium, iron, potassium and zinc. Sunflower seeds can provide you with all the nutritional benefits required by you and the baby during your pregnancy.

Chickpeas

Full of nutrients and protein, chickpeas are a great addition to your die while pregnant. Try throwing them in salads, making your own hummus, or by adding them to curries, pastas or stewed dishes for added goodness!

Fish

Fish is packed with high quality proteins and omega-3 fatty acids that promote healthy brain and eye development of the baby. Limit your maximum fish intake to twice-a-week, while also making sure that the fish is thoroughly cooked to avoid high mercury levels.

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