Eating for two
If only pregnancy symptoms were as simple as pickle cravings and glowing skin. While for many women, pregnancy is a wonderful journey, it can also be a time of stress and anxiety.
Sharing your body with another living being and preparing for the arrival of your child comes with an entirely new set of considerations: health precautions, birth plans, family dynamics, plus financial and career factors, but one of the most important is diet. Nutrition Australia advises that pregnant women require more protein and nutrients, especially iron, zinc, iodine, and folate. But what should you eat to boost your intake of these?
Pregnancy is a very sensitive time for your health. This article is for general information only. Your healthcare professional will advise you whether the information contained in this article is suitable for yourself, and your condition.
During pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume increases by 35–40% so increasing your iron intake is vital. Foods that are rich in iron include spinach, dried fruit, pumpkin seeds, barley, and iron-fortified cereals.
Zinc is an essential trace element and is important for foetal growth and development. Boost your zinc intake with peanuts, wheat germ, chickpeas, brown rice, watermelon seeds, and tofu.
Iodine ensures normal development of the foetus’s brain and nervous system.Some foods that are naturally high in iodine are yoghurt, eggs, milk, seaweed, and strawberries.
Folate is a B-group vitamin that aids in foetal development and can prevent neural tube defects. It can be found in broccoli, beetroot, oranges, kidney beans, brussels sprouts, asparagus, corn, and bananas.
Knowing that you’re getting enough of the right nutrients is one step towards reducing stress and making your pregnancy a time of excitement and relaxation.