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Mar 08

Superfoods on Pregnancy

Baby development during pregnancy is a miracle. Heart is the first organ developed in the baby starting week 4 gestation. From then on, every day, there are dramatic development undertake on the baby inside the womb.

Pregnancy Super Foods

That is why eating right should take center stage for pregnant women. Healthy foods provide the optimum mix of baby-building nutrients. Starting in the second trimester, pregnant women need 300 additional calories in their diet every day.

It should be pretty easy to get handful of useful resources on pregnancy nutrients. WebMD is a site I trust. Other sites like Baby expertFamily educationFit Pregnancy, etc., also provide good information on nutrients for pregnancy.

From what I read, there are a few foods are listed in every article I read.

  • Eggs: is one of the best superfoods for pregnancy as it provides all the amino acids baby needs to thrive. They also contains more than a dozen vitamins and minerals.
  • Low-fat Milk: is an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D which are vital for bone development for baby. Choose low-fat products to keep saturated fat levels low.
  • Plain yogurt: is an good alternative option for milk. It contains protein, calcium, vitamin B and zinc. Plain yogurt contains more calcium than milk.
  • Salmon: contains plenty of omega-3 fatty acids which are goo for baby’s brain and eyes. It also provides protein and B vitamins.
  • Berries: are filled with vitamin C, beta carotene, potassium, folic acid and antioxidants. All of these nutrients help build baby’s skin cells and immune system.  A tip given by an article at Fox news suggests that eating berries after a meal with high protein or iron can help absorb the berry nutrients better.
  • Beans: supply fiber, protein, iron, folate, calcium and zinc.
  • Broccolicontains a lot of calcium, magnesium and foic acid. Try to stream than boil to preserve the nutrients.

There are other super foods I  personally like but are not mentioned everywhere.

  • Goji Berries

    Goji berryis one of the best berries on earth. It contains 2 to 4 times the amount of antioxidants of blue berry. It has been used in China for thousands of years for nutrient and wide variety of medicinal purposes.

  • Avocado: is high in monounsaturated fats that are good for skin and brain health.
  • Quinoa: is an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamin B, E, antioxidants, frolic acid and phytonutrients, or plant compounds that protect and build new cells.
  • Tofu: is another excellent source of protein. It is also rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A and K which are essential for normal blood clotting. Tofu is good for pregnancy as well as after birth recovery.
  • Sunflower seeds: is an instance source of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It also contain magnesium, vitamins A, B, D, E and K, as well as calcium, iron, potassium and zinc.

My friend Saumya has an excellent cooking blog that introduces Indian cooking for beginners. One of the drinks she introduced, Mango Lassi, uses pregnancy super food yogurt and milk. She also introduces a delicious broccoli recipe which many pregnant women may love to try. Saumya also expresses her opinion on home cooked meals and pregnancy. Check them out and you may find them benefit you from the tongue to your babies.

Want more? Visit my blog “Pregnancy Road for Asian-American“.

 

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