There are a number of foods you should be eating during the first trimester of pregnancy, and here are some of the more important ones.
Throughout your pregnancy, it can feel as if you are constantly peppered with information regarding foods you should avoid. Certain types of cheese, raw fish, those kinds of things. Wouldn't it be nice, and make your pregnant life a whole lot easier, if you were instead told what you are allowed to eat? Well, that's what we have for you below courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.
These foods are not only okay to eat, but they will greatly benefit you and your baby during the first trimester of pregnancy. First up, dairy products. This one is a relatively obvious choice. Dairy is packed with calcium, and calcium will help with the early development of your baby. If you don't feel like chugging down glasses of milk, try Greek yogurt, it actually contains more calcium than just milk.
While raw fish is a no-no, you will want to try and eat some forms of cooked fish. Salmon is your best bet for its omega-3s and fatty acids. Don't like salmon? Cod liver oil capsules will be a suitable replacement. How about something to relieve that pesky constipation you might be suffering? Broccoli and kale should fix that. It will also reduce the risk of your baby having a low birth weight.
Pregnant women often joke that they are "eating for two". However, when it comes to vitamin A, that is actually true. Doctors recommend women consume twice as much vitamin A as they usually would while pregnant, and the best way to do that is via eating sweet potatoes. All kinds of sweet potato contain a compound which our bodies turn into vitamin A. We would certainly opt for some sweet potato fries over a multi-vitamin if given the option.
Referring back to the "eating for two" comment, many pregnant women aiming to keep their weight down during pregnancy naturally struggle to do so. Due to technically having an extra mouth to feed, it can often feel as if you are never really full. Whole grains are a great way to counteract that feeling. Eating plenty of whole grains will make you feel fuller while being good for you and the baby. We hope that all of the above makes you feel as if you have more eating options rather than fewer while pregnant.