What to Eat When You're Expecting?

Proper nutrition during pregnancy is the key to the well-being of both the mother and the unborn baby. Even if you have never been a fan of a healthy lifestyle, getting pregnant should change your perspective. Proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle will significantly increase your chances of a problem-free pregnancy, ensure a quick physical recovery, and, most importantly, ensure the birth of a healthy child.

Dr. Helene


What foods should you eat?

Green and yellow vegetables and fruits, especially broccoli. Broccoli contains Folic acid, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium,zinc, beta Carotene, selenium, vitamins PP, K, E—this low-calorie vegetable is a storehouse of useful nutrients. If you don't like broccoli, eat more greens, spinach, and other green and yellow vegetables. For fruit, eat green apples.

Eggs contain folic acid as well as selenium, choline, biotin, easily digestible proteins, and amino acids, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. Eggs are rich in vitamins A, E, D, B12, and B3.

Fermented milk products, such as yogurt and kefir, contribute to harmonious digestion and favorable microflora in the stomach and intestines. Expectant mothers should include a variety of low-fat types of cheese and cottage cheese in their diet, as they contain a lot of calcium and phosphorus.

Fish is not as "heavy" as meat, and it is better absorbed. Low-fat varieties of fish that are ideal for expecting mothers include cod and sea bass. They contain minerals, proteins, and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are necessary for the healthy development of the baby.

Meats such as rabbit, turkey, and veal are useful during pregnancy as they are rich in protein and contain little fat.

Whole grains and cereals such as wild rice, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, wheat germ, bran, and buckwheat are extremely important for digestion as they contain a lot of vegetable fiber and complex carbohydrates as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and B vitamins.

Butter, which contains fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin A has regenerative properties and is important for sight as well as fetal growth.

Vitamin D regulates the processes of cell division, promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorus by the body (which is especially necessary during pregnancy), and participates in the synthesis of several hormones. Vitamin K affects metabolism and blood clotting, and Vitamin E is a versatile protector of cell membranes against oxidative damage.

How much should you eat and how do you combine nutrients?

Pregnant women are advised to eat often but in small portions. Be sure to supplement your diet with vitamins, as it is almost impossible to get your entire supply of vitamins and nutrients necessary for you and your baby solely from food. Getting all of these nutrients from food would require non-stop eating.

Additionally, it is important to keep in mind how different nutrients combine and affect one another:

  • Vitamins A and D neutralize each other
  • Vitamins E and D must be taken separately since the first component is poorly absorbed under the influence of the second.
  • Riboflavin and (cyanocobalamin) B12 cannot be absorbed together
  • The combination B6 + B12 is ineffective since when they are combined, both components are destroyed
  • Cyanocobalamin (B12) and thiamin, B1) can cause allergic reactions
  • Iron absorption is impaired by zinc, calcium, and chromium intake

There are many such examples, but memorizing them all is not necessary. Ornament's maternity regimen has a list of the most important vitamins with detailed recommendations regarding intake.

What nutrients to combine, what foods and drinks contain certain nutrients, and what signs indicate a deficiency of a particular vitamin in the body—all of this information will be at your fingertips.

16 April 2021

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