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10 Super Foods to Eat While Pregnant

December 21, 2015

As you know, most women are pregnant for 40 weeks, or close to that. To be sure that you are staying healthy with your diet when those pregnancy cravings hit (and they will hit!), here are 10 super-foods to add to your pregnancy diet:

Berries

Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are delicious fruits that are packed with Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Snack on them throughout your day, or add a handful of berries to your pancakes or cereal in the morning.Yum!

Quinoa

Did you know quinoa is considered a complete protein? So, if you are vegetarian or vegan while pregnant, you definitely want to include this in your diet. Serve it up cold as a replacement for rice, or add it to your salad. You can also serve it warm in stir-fry.

Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens like spinach or kale are a great source of fiber, folic acid, and iron. For many pregnant women, salads are hard to consume during pregnancy, but there are many alternatives to eating these leafy greens. One of the easiest and yummiest ways to eat leafy greens is by putting a handful of greens into your smoothie.

Avocado

Speaking of green, this green fruit is packed full of potassium, folic acid, and several vitamins like Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. Consume this “good fat” by adding it to your salads, or use it as a dip for snacking. Or, eat it plain with a splash of fresh lemon juice and salt.

Beans

Beans like black, garbanzo, or kidney are another ultimate source of fiber and protein. Add beans to soups, burritos, or salads. Or smash them up to make a dip out of them. Either way, the combination of fiber and protein is a perfect pregnancy combination to keep you full and ease any constipation you may feel.

Yogurt

Yogurt is usually thought of as a breakfast food, but you can also eat yogurt as a snack or for lunch. Since yogurt has more calcium than milk, yogurt is a great go-to with a meal or as a snack. Add fresh fruit, chia seeds, or honey to naturally sweeten your yogurt. Or, add it as a base to your favorite smoothie recipe.

Salmon

Though certain fish is to be avoided while pregnant because of high levels of mercury, salmon is safe to eat. Salmon contains Omega-3 fatty acids that are great for baby’s brain and eyes. Salmon is okay to eat, up to 12-ounces, per week and can be added to salad, or all on its own.

Nuts

Nuts are considered a healthy fat that will help keep you full throughout the day. Keep a bag of almonds in your car to help squash salty cravings. Add nuts like silvered almonds or walnuts to your favorite salad to give it an extra crunch. Or, you can always opt for your favorite nut butter to top on apple slices or celery.

Citrus Fruits

Grapefruit, oranges, or even orange juice with low amounts of sugar, will help your body fight infection and help bone and cell growth. You can also add fresh squeezed lemon into your water to help drink all the water you need throughout your day.

Eggs

Eggs are another great alternative to add protein to your diet. Did you know that eggs contain choline, which is helpful for baby’s brain development? Eat your favorite type of egg in the morning for breakfast (make sure they are fully cooked), or add hard-boiled eggs into your snacking regime or topped on a salad.

With these 10 super-food alternatives, not only will you stay full throughout the day, you’ll also be doing wonders for both you and your unborn baby’s health!

Is there a super-food you love(d) to eat while pregnant?

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Mother of 2 silly boys and a new baby girl. Happily married. Love to laugh, inspire others, take pretty photos, and curl up with a good book.

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19 thoughts on “10 Super Foods to Eat While Pregnant

Anonymous

It seems a lot of the people commenting about us not being allowed to eat this and that aren’t very educated. You can eat all of this, in moderation. Smh. Some of you need to either find a new doctor or actually do your research before even taking up our time to read your comments.

Kay

Certain types of salmon are not good for pregnant women especially farmed. The best types of salmon for pregnant women to eat are wild caught from Alaska. Chinook/King, Chum, Coho, Pink & Sockeye are among the better-managed fish stocks in the U.S. They are also low in contaminants. Most Alaskan salmon populations are healthy, and fish are caught with gear that does little damage to the environment. Salmon is not bad to eat, just keep it in moderation as with any approved seafoods during pregnancy and make sure the seafood being eaten is caught in places with low contamination.

Eggs are versatile and a good source of protein that provides amino acids you and your baby need. They contain more than a dozen vitamins and minerals, including choline, which is good for baby’s brain development. However, undercooked or raw eggs should not be eaten. Just make sure you get your eggs from a trusted source.

Anonymous

Not really it is really high in salt.

Anonymous

I have gestational diabetes and these are all things you can eat. In moderation

Research

Pregnant women should not be eating any kind of fish salmon to has mercury and it’s commonly known to avoid fish for that very reason eggs two should not be on this list

Cathy

I’ve been eating raw honey during all 4 of my pregnancies and I’m fine and so are my children. So if it’s so dangerous then ?!

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Anonymous

All these are only good if you don’t have gestational diabetes… if you do, over half of the list are restricted by monitored diet…

Anonymous

Not true. Honey is bad for babies under 1 years old, perfectly fine for pregnant women.

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Sharon

Only pasteurized honey is safe. Raw has the risk for botulism.

Anonymous

The concern is botulism

Anonymous

Actually pregnant women can have honey…..babies just can’t

Anonymous

Sauerkraut is great during pregnancy too. Lots of good stuff in there!

Anonymous

Agree, my on advised me not to eat any honey since it is not pasteurized.

Anonymous

Honey is safe during pregnancy. It is, however, unsafe for a baby younger than 1 years old. I was encouraged by my OB to enjoy honey during my pregnancy.

Anonymous

Why shouldn’t you eat honey?

Anonymous

Pregnant women should not eat honey. Suggesting adding it into yogurt is not a good idea if pregnant

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Jess

I eat about three artichokes a week. They are an amazing super food for me and baby

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Alexandra

these foods are so good for women pregnant, i believe it