What to eat when pregnant: the pregnancy diet that will help you thrive, limit excess weight gain & provide all the right nutrients to you and your baby so you can recover quickly postpartm.
What to eat when pregnant
When we become pregnant, we all of a sudden feel extremely overwhelmed by that fact that we have a small human growing in our body. Knowing that all of our actions now directly effect our unborn child is defintetly cause for overwhelm.
So, I’m here to NOT overwhelm you! A pregnancy diet is actually quite simple! Here are 5 things you need to focus on:
- Whole Foods
- Healthy Fats
1. Whole Foods
Think of whole foods as the staple of your pregnancy diet. Whole food being anything that came from the ground or has a mother. You must eat, enough, quality whole foods to ensure your body can do what it is meant to do, grow a baby & fuel YOU the MOM! The less processed you eat, the better your body & baby absorbs the nutrients from the whole foods meaning more energy for you!
Water is SO important for your body and is one of the main factors for keeping a healthy placenta. Did you know your placenta pumps a gallon of water every hour?! You will want to establish healthy water habits for postpartum, its never too early to start! Drink 8-12 ounces of water upon waking, and several times through the day. I know it’s hard on the bladder in the later stages of pregnancy but do the best you can.
Quality fats will not make you fat! Eating about a 1/4 cup worth at every meal of healthy fats supports your brain & the brain of baby while supporting proper hormone function.
- Olive Oil
- Egg yolk
- Whole Milk dairy
Carbohydrates are your main source of fuel. Yes you need to eat carbs! If you skimp on eating quality carbs your energy is going to decrease dramatically. Carbs also support proper thyroid & hormone function. Here are some great carbohydrates to eat daily:
- Sweet potatoes
- White potatoes
- Whole grain breads
Protien is the building block of keeping your body & your babies body strong & healthy. Protien feeds your muscles & supports your body in burning fat.It’s important to note that our bodies absorb nutrients such as zinc & B12 vitamins from lean meats. Its important to incorporate this into your weekly diet. Quality protien sources consist of:
- Grassfed Beef, Chicken, Pork
- Wildcaught Seafood
- Tuna from a can is great too!
- Clean protein powders are great for smoothies!
- Hemp Seeds/Chia Seeds
A pregnancy diet is only as complicated as we make it! If we focus on eating whole foods & hydrating that is half the battle. The best way to support your pregnancy diet is to eat whole foods in the right amounts. How do you do this?
Simple, you can count your macro’s. This may feel overwhelming but once you get over the hump of learning, you will finally feel successful with your pregnancy diet by nourishing your body, limiting weightgain & increasing energy. Get more info about Nutrition Plus for Pregnancy