Pregnancy is one of the most incredible things that we can go through as women. It’s an experience that totally and completely changes you, both mentally and physically. Parts of pregnancy are hard – morning sickness, for instance, is far from enjoyable – but even so, every second of pain and discomfort will be worth it when you see your little one for the first time.
If there’s one thing that most moms-to-be worry most about, it’s having a healthy baby. Although we can’t control how healthy our babies are, we can ensure that throughout our pregnancy our little one is getting all of the right vitamins and nutrients, by eating lots of healthy, wholesome foods. Knowing what to eat when you’re pregnant can be a little stressful, especially when it’s your first pregnancy.
With that in mind, below are some tips, ideas, and pieces of advice for ensuring that when eating for two, you’re putting the right stuff into your body.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it couldn’t be more true, especially when you’re pregnant. During pregnancy, you’re twice as likely to suffer from low blood sugar and dizziness caused by it, so eating three meals a day is a must, including a good sized breakfast.
Cereal makes an okay breakfast, but it’s not exactly filling, and most cereals are packed full of sugar and additives. Instead of eating cereal, opt to have porridge sweetened with honey, maple syrup or coconut syrup. Or, make a cooked breakfast of eggs, wholemeal toast, baked beans, and sausages and bacon – as well as anything else you fancy. All that matters is that your breakfast is healthy and filling.
Beat morning sickness by eating whatever you fancy
Despite the name, morning sickness can strike at any time, day or night. When it comes to beating morning sickness, the key is to work out whether you have any triggers. You see, some women have certain trigger foods, drinks or even smells, that can make them sick. By working out what your triggers are, you can make bouts of morning sickness less likely.
When you’re feeling sick, the chances are that you won’t want to eat anything. However, it’s important that you try and find a few things that you can eat and keep down. Otherwise, you and the baby won’t be getting enough nutrients. While it is important to eat as healthily as you can, if you’re feeling sick, just eat whatever you fancy. If there’s a food that makes you feel less sick, then eat it – whatever it may be.
Ensure you’re eating plenty of fiber
During pregnancy, eating lots of fiber is important. So aim to ensure that you’re eating at least two pieces of high-fiber bread or a bowl of high-fiber cereal each day. Otherwise, you could end up dealing with constipation and all of the side effects that go with it. As well as eating lots of high-fiber bread and cereals, eating lots of fruit and vegetables – both of which are high in fiber, is also important.
Get into the habit of cooking meals from scratch
If you don’t already cook from scratch, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of doing so. While buying ready meals and pre-made sauces for curries, stews, and pasta, is an easy way of cooking, it’s important to realize that ready-made foods aren’t good for you. Most pasta sauces that come in jars have over 12 teaspoons of sugar in them, for instance, and are also high in fat and empty calories.
By cooking your food from scratch, you can ensure that it’s healthy and has a high nutritional value. You can also make sure that there’s nothing in there that you’re not allowed to eat – when you’re pregnant there are some foods that it’s recommended that you avoid. If you’re going to cook from scratch, aim to use pans, such as pebble frying pans, that are enameled not coated in Teflon, as Teflon can come off in your food and isn’t good for you or your little one.
Make fresh fruit and raw veggies your go-to snacks
As you’re eating for two, the chances are that you are most probably feeling more hungry than normal, and that’s perfectly fine. However, if you want to ensure that your body stays healthy and that you don’t gain too much weight, you need to be careful of what you are snacking on in between meals.
While it’s fine to have the occasional treat, such as a piece of cake or a chocolate bar, it’s a good idea to make fresh fruit and vegetables your go-to snack foods. That way you can eat as much as you want to, without packing on the pounds. Yes, it’s natural to gain some weight, but what you don’t want to do is gain too much weight, putting your health and your baby’s health at risk.
So, there you have it, everything that you need to know about eating for two.