5 Ways to Eat Healthy during Pregnancy


When you think about pregnancy and eating, your first thoughts probably go towards crazy cravings and nibbling ginger biscuits to help with morning sickness. But eating a balanced, healthy diet is especially important during pregnancy, as well as following some other changes. In this post I'm going to be sharing 5 ways you can keep healthy during pregnancy.

Eat a Balanced Diet
It is completely normal for pregnant women to experience cravings and have aversions to certain foods - I went completely off of certain meats during my third pregnancy with Lilah. But it is still important to maintain a healthy balanced diet alongside these. Make sure to eat enough fruit and vegetables, as well as healthy fats, proteins, carbs, and enough water each day. If you're struggling with breakfast ideas, then why not try Growli Foods, which are rich in vitamins and nutrients ideal for pregnant women. 

Take Prenatal Supplements
Taking prenatal supplements can boost your health and that of the baby when pregnant. The supplements have crucial vitamins and minerals for the body, including iron, zinc, folic acid, iodine, calcium, and vitamin D. Make sure to consult your midwife before taking any supplements to make sure you're taking the right combination for you.

Avoid Specific Foods
Although a balanced diet is essential, when pregnant there are certain foods that you should avoid. Foods such as soft cheese, unpasteurised milk, raw eggs, sushi, liver, or raw meat should be avoided. You also need to limit the amount of oily fish you consume as these contain a high level of mercury. Remember that rules and advice does change regularly though, so it's always best to check what isn't recommend often.

Don't Smoke or Drink
While you may be a smoker or love to drink alcohol often, the behaviour poses a significant risk to you and the unborn baby. Smoking increases the risk of premature birth, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), miscarriage, and other severe conditions. On the other hand, alcohol increases the chances of a baby having fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) when consumed during pregnancy. To be safe it's best just to avoid both alcohol and smoking during pregnancy.

Stay Hydrated
Drinking plenty of fluids while pregnant is incredibly important for your health. It is advised to consume  6 to 8 glasses daily to hydrate the body (and this also helps with other pregnancy issues such as constipation and headaches). Make sure to limit your caffeine intake to 1-2 cups a day - or switch to non caffeinated versions of drinks altogether if you prefer.

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