A Guide To Managing Food During Pregnancy
Here a craving, there a craving, everywhere a craving-craving.
Is your tummy doing little flips at the thought of a lip-smacking midnight snack?
Finding yourself in a constate state of ‘hanger’ (hunger mixed with anger)?
Not sure which types of foods will satisfy the baby and yourself?
Unable to decode the jargon from a food chart?
Well, it’s time for a little pregnancy nutrition intervention.
Greendigo is all set to transform your pantry into a healthy, delicious, craving-fulfilling café that runs 24/7.
Building a comprehensive and well-balanced food plan will keep those hunger pangs away and give your little one the best start to life.
But, first, why is it necessary to curate your plate?
- It safeguards the health and well-being of you, mama.
- Enables the growth and development of your baby.
- Prevents brain and spinal cord birth problems.
- Strengthens bones and promotes bone strength.
- Prevent iron deficiency anaemia.
When deciding what goes onto your plate, you’ll want to ensure it’s packed with all the goodness.
- Folate and folic acid
- Fibre and fluids
- Complex carbohydrates
- Vitamin D
- Healthy types of fat
Check out our master list of nutritious foods to eat when you’re pregnant to help make sure you’re hitting those nutrient goals out of the park.
- Dairy products – Milk, cottage cheese, clarified butter
- Legumes – lentils, peas, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, and peanuts
- Sweet potato
- Fish – salmon is a great option
- Eggs – well cooked
- Dark, leafy greens – broccoli, spinach, kale
- Poultry – beef, pork, and chicken
- Fruit – black grapes, banana, ripe mango
- Berries – blueberries, raspberries, goji berries, strawberries, and acai berries
- Wholegrains – oats, quinoa, brown rice, wheat berries, and barley
- Avocados – guacamole, salad, smoothie
- Dried fruit – dates, dried figs
We’ve also curated a list of tips that will help ensure you’re on the right culinary track.
- Pack your plate with a variety of foods. You’ll get your nutritional kick, plus it’s pleasing to the palette.
- Eat at frequent intervals.
- Consume small to medium portions of food for easy digestibility.
- Cook, portion up, and label your food. This will ensure you have easy access to what you need.
- Hydrate yourself throughout the day.
- If you feel like snacking, turn to items like yogurt or dried fruit. It will help to control those cravings, plus meet protein and calcium needs.
- When in doubt, legumes are the way to go. They are a wonderful source of folate, fibre, and more.
- You can depend on leafy greens as they are a powerhouse of all the nutrients that you’ll need.
Bon appetite, mamas!
P.S. If you haven’t gotten the chance to as yet, do flip through our first-trimester checklist.
It’s got some more helpful tips, curated by experts, to give you a leg start on your motherhood journey.