Knowing what is okay to eat and drink while pregnant can be something of a minefield. Yes, we know not to drink alcohol and coffee, but there are other items that we're not so sure about. Much of the focus is also on what pregnant women should not be eating, but what about foods that are good for mom and baby during pregnancy?
One food that probably does not spring to mind is peas. Yes, they are a vegetable so we know they're good for us, but The Health Site has shed a little light on exactly how good they can be for pregnant women. Eating peas while pregnant goes a lot further than just ensuring that an expectant woman is still getting her five fruit and vegetable servings per day.
Peas might be small but they are absolutely packed with vitamins and nutrients. Vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B complex, magnesium, vitamin C, and fiber are all jammed into the humble pea. Plus they are also a terrific source of protein. So which of the items in this long list are helping pregnant moms? Well, all of them really, but there are a couple in particular.
First of all, protein. Pregnant women should be consuming around 10g more protein than the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). That can be easier said than done until you realize that peas are loaded with protein. The Medical Clinics of North America listed a number of alternative protein sources for pregnant women and peas ranked near the very top of that list.
Perhaps the most important vitamin in the pea when it comes to pregnancy is B9. Likely a vitamin many have not heard too much about, it can help immeasurably during pregnancy. It is known to limit defects during pregnancy and neural tube defects are said to be caused due to vitamin deficiencies in general. If that doesn't convince you to start eating peas while pregnant then we don't know what will. No need to go overboard though. Two servings of legumes a day will suffice, and they don't always have to be peas if you want to mix it up a little.