Eating for two: What should I be eating during pregnancy?

Eating for two: What should I be eating during pregnancy?

Nourishment is key for anyone, but when it comes to pregnancy it is something you need to be more conscious of. Coming from a nutrition angle, there are some key points to consider when eating for you and your baby, so here are my top tips:

1. Eat Protein with every meal

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Protein is a vital force for development and hormone production. Fill your plate with eggs, fish, meat, lentils, chickpeas, beans, nuts, seeds, quinoa and hemp seeds.

2. Up your greens

We all know greens are good for us but they are especially important during pregnancy as they are packed with folate and fibre. Add them to smoothies, salad and as side dishes.

3. Love your Fats

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Fats are so important for healthy fertility. Like protein they help with hormones and cell formation. Don’t go overboard, no deep fried foods. Try and stick to healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds and oily fish (just 2x per week).

4. Eat 5 times a day

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You will find yourself getting fuller easily and that’s because your little baby is pushing up against your stomach. So eating every few hours will make you not feel too over full and regulate your blood sugar levels.

Are you pregnant or a mummy who has some top tips? Leave a comment below…

2 comments

  • Haz

    Thank you for this article, I’m 6 months pregnant and I can’t tell you how good I feel eating real food! Junk or processed food makes me feel ill whereas eating lots of veggies and cutting out refined sugar really helps with my energy levels (still can’t make it through the day without a nap but still)
    I made a ‘real’ cake with my son yesterday, with sugar and normal flour and after eating some my stomach was gripey and I had a monster headache, plus the fact it didn’t satisfy me as much as I thought it would. Sticking to my salads from now on!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Yes it’s funny how your body changes with tastes and ingredients! You could always make a healthy cake with your son full of nourishing ingredients xx

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