We all know that nausea can be a serious part of pregnancy for many women. For some, even lasting throughout their entire pregnancy.
For some, nausea will turn into vomiting, food aversions and even serious vomiting which can then lead to dehydration.
To this day, there is no mean made medicine that can cure pregnancy related nausea however, ginger has been scientifically proven to reduce these symptoms. Ginger can be taken in a tea, in ginger ale and many other ways.
Pregnancy hormones play a big part in bloating and constipation during pregnancy. They cause food to take a longer time to travel and allow more water to be removed from the stool.
Raspberries have a very high content of fiber, even more than bananas, strawberries, apples and pears. If you cannot stomach raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are a great alternative. Try mixing them in a salad.
Omega-3 fatty acids and fish oils are great for your overall health. They have been shown to help keep your heart and brain in good health. These are also great for the growing baby's health. Continuing taking these in pregnancy and while breastfeeding, proved to help improve cognition in children as well as eye development.
Although DHA and Vitamin D are most likely in your prenatal vitamins, it is better to obtain these in your diet than through supplements.
Pregnant women can often experience anemia or a lack of iron due to the baby's growth, which can deplete your iron. Having iron rich foods are highly recommended and if its not enough, iron supplements can also be given to you by a doctor.
When people say iron, many think of steak and other forms of red meat, but one cup of cooked lentils has surprisingly 3 times more iron than a T-bone steak. Another added benefit to lentils is that they contain an amazing amount of fiber!
These yummy greens, believe it or not, contain 3 times the iron of a steak as well. If you can't or don't want to eat red meat, this is a great and fresh alternative. It also contains as much calcium as a glass of milk which is great if you are lactose intolerant.
This leafy green is a great option for pregnant women as they need a good amount of iron, fiber and calcium.
When pregnant women experience cravings or nausea, many start reaching out for carbs to munch on. Carbohydrates are not your best and healthiest option. Large quantities can cause rapid fluctuations in blood sugar which in turn can cause hypoglycemic reasons like dizziness, sweating, nausea, fainting, gestational diabetes, weight gain and increased weight in babies.
Nuts are a great option as they will provide you with fiber, protein and iron. A way better snack option!
Like previously mentioned, pregnant women are more at risk of anemia and iron depletion. Absorbing iron is much easier for your body when you are also giving your body Vitamin C. Having an orange or another citrus fruit before taking your iron supplement is a great idea. Also these fruits are great to add to your lovely salad.
It's all about the calcium. Your prenatal vitamins do contain calcium but not enough. Taking extra calcium is recommended for women i pregnancy. 8 ounces of yogurt has 350 mg of calcium. Most yogurts also contain probiotics which will also help with digestion and helping reduce constipation.