Spatone has teamed up with Healthcare Practitioner, Maggie Evans, who has shared her tips for a healthy pregnancy.
From cravings and portion sizes to minerals and vitamins, it can be difficult to know exactly what you should and shouldn’t be eating while pregnant. Eating healthy and making sure you are getting the right nutrients is essential during pregnancy, as it has an important effect on the development of the baby’s brain, particularly in the last three months of pregnancy. By providing your body with all of its necessary nutrients, you’ll stay fit and healthy and your baby will be nurtured in the best way possible. This is why now is the perfect time to start thinking about your diet.
Eating for Two?
It’s only in the last five months or so that you need to up your calorie intake and even then, all you need is an extra 300 calories per day (which is the equivalent of a slice of toast and a banana). What matters is quality – so if a mother’s diet is lacking essential nutrients, then her baby will be too.
During pregnancy, you need all the right nutrients in the correct proportion to stay healthy and help your baby to grow. While it’s always important to have a balanced diet, especially during pregnancy, cravings can be a great way for your body to intrinsically tell you what it is needing and what it might be lacking.
Are you craving:
Top Nutrients for Pregnancy
This can take the excitement out of pregnancy, however it does tend to stop after the first three months. You may find the following foods help to combat the nausea:
This may become a problem in the later stages of pregnancy. Try drinking some peppermint tea to aid digestion. It’s also a good idea to give yourself at least two hours to digest your evening meal before you go to bed.
This can be caused by several things during pregnancy: morning sickness leading to dehydration; cravings for low fibre/high sugar foods and also iron tablets.
Top tip! Soak a handful of prunes in warm water over night. In the morning you can drink the remaining prune juice, then add the softened prunes to some natural yoghurt and top with seeds (linseeds are especially effective for constipation)
Nutritious Meal Suggestions
Top Tip! Try to have a glass of orange juice with these meals to help with the absorption of iron
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