You are your baby’s home for the next nine months, so you need nutrients that not only create a healthy environment for the baby to live in, but that also aid baby’s growth and development. So go veggies for a healthy pregnancy.
You need look no further than the produce aisle. Consuming veggies like asparagus, soybeans, sweet potato, spinach and lettuce helps you meet your needs for folic acid (folate) and other B vitamins, calcium, iron, vitamin A, fiber and antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E.
Did you know getting enough folic acid helps your placenta grow properly and it also protects against common birth defects? Other B vitamins are critical for the healthy development of baby’s skin, eyes and nerves.
Iron helps your baby and your placenta grow, and helps deliver oxygen to baby. Calcium helps your baby have strong teeth and bones; build a healthy heart, nerves and muscles; and to develop a normal heart beat and blood-clotting abilities. If you don’t get enough, you draw on your own calcium stores in your bones, putting them at risk for osteoporosis.
Vitamin A is also needed for strong bones and teeth. Antioxidants like vitamins C and E protect you and your baby against free radical damage and help to keep you both healthy. Fiber is your friend when it comes to combating constipation.
Need help getting extra veggies in? Try our Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers or Roasted Red Pepper, Spinach, and Feta Portobello Burgers and feel great about what you’re feeding yourself and your baby!
Roasted Red Pepper, Spinach, and Feta Portobello Burger
This burger is to die for! It’s bursting with flavor. If there is a burger ‘heaven’, you’ll feel as if your taste buds are there… oh and so is your happy waistline, since this burger is just 53 delicious calories!
1 red bell pepper
2 cups spinach
4 portobello caps
Olive oil in a spray can or bottle
4 tablespoons low-fat or fat-free feta cheese
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers
Delicious and easy!
This juicy burger is so scrumptious and simple to cook that you will wonder why you haven’t discovered this before. All of the tantalizing spices add just the right pizzazz to this veggie burger.
1 (15.5-ounce) can candied sweet potatoes, or 1 and 3⁄4 cups cooked yams
2 (15 ounce) cans low-sodium cannellini beans, rinsed
2 tablespoons tahini
1 teaspoon lemon pepper or cayenne pepper (optional)
1⁄4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
Canola oil spray
On the subject of food make sure you read avoid these foods and eating habits during pregnancy and What to eat and avoid in pregnancy and 3 Key supplements you should have in pregnancy