What are those foods that you should definitely not skip during pregnancy? There are days during pregnancy that you feel you just cannot eat, especially during the first 3 months. But, there are some absolutely essential food items that no matter what happened I never missed out eating. I term them the superfoods for pregnant women.
With my daughter in my womb, there were times when I did not drink a glass of water until one magical afternoon in the third month. But, can you imagine no water for 2 months? I just could not stand the sight of plain water. Pregnancy can twist your food choices in the weirdest way. After the initial trimester was when I started being consistent with what I ate.
I am sure all are aware how there are myths surrounding food items that you strictly should not eat. When I had seen my sister or another of my friend’s pregnancy, they never ate it but no one really had an answer to why you should not eat them. My pregnancy gave me a reason to get answers to these myths. And, the answer as expected from my doctor was – Eat everything, but in moderation.
So, go ahead and eat that mango or papaya, but don’t be a glutton! I enjoyed all the food items under the sun that are restricted traditionally, but always and I repeat always in moderation. This aside, there was a routine with food that I followed. This routine was built around the essentials nutrients that just need to reach my baby no matter what.
Here are the five brackets that each of the must-eat superfoods for pregnant women falls under.
- Iron – This is the most essential nutrient for pregnant women. If you want to avoid those last-minute iron injections, maintain a steady intake of iron.
Superfood for Iron – Dried Figs: I made sure I was eating one piece of this fruit starting from the 4th month up until my delivery.
- Calcium – This is another element very essential for the baby. Drinking milk is the only essential that the doctors tell you, but I just was not able to like the taste of milk.
Superfood for Calcium – Eggs: Boiled, fried, or scrambled, one egg every day skipping some days was my replacement for Milk.
- Omega-3s – Want to boost your baby’ brain? This is the ultimate superfood for it.
Superfood for Omega-3s – Walnuts: Just 2-3 slivers of walnuts in your daily intake can do wonders to your baby’s brain.
- Iron – Another superfood that we tend to avoid, but if you are non-vegetarian do not hesitate in eating it in moderation.
Superfood for Iron – Meats: Chicken and red meat contain essentials fats and iron deposits that you can consume, but again in moderation.
- Calcium – This superfood can replace eggs or milk and can taste really awesome.
Superfood for Calcium – Cheese: You can enjoy all varieties of cheese, apart from soft cheeses like brie. Enjoy the goodness of cheese and get the benefits of calcium.
These are just some of the superfoods that I made sure never to miss out on. This is a list for days when you don’t feel like eating at all as the date of delivery comes near. For other times, you can continue eating from all buckets of nutrients mentioned. One superfood I missed out on was a happy mom-to-be. However difficult it might be for you to sustain these 9 months, a happy outlook towards your pregnancy will really do wonders to your baby.
What was your list of must-haves that you never missed eating during pregnancy?