It’s important to approach pregnancy as holistically and healthy as possible. In our chiropractic practice, we specialize in pre-natal and babies – regular adjustments are an important part of a healthy pregnancy. Another important part of feeling great during pregnancy? Eating well. That said, sticking to a healthy diet while pregnant isn’t always easy. With all the cravings, it can be difficult to stick to your better judgment and to decide what to eat when you’re pregnant. To help and support you and your baby, be sure to stock up on these nine superfoods:
- Organic Pasture-Raised Eggs
The high protein in organic, pastured eggs helps promote healthy tissue growth. Omega-3 fatty acids support healthy brain development. Choline contributes to healthy muscle and nerve function. It’s easy to maintain these key nutrients when eggs are a regular part of your diet.
By choosing pasture-raised eggs, your body receives four to six times more vitamin D, three times more omega-3s, seven times more beta-carotene, four times more vitamin E and one-third less cholesterol compared to conventional eggs.
Seaweed contains a high percentage of iodine and folic acid. Both of these assist in the healthy development of the fetus and decrease the chances of birth defects. Seaweed also supports healthy thyroid function, improves the immune system, protects against cancer, aids in brain development, strengthens digestion and is helpful for constipation.
Not only is calcium good for strong teeth and bones, but it helps with leg cramps that sometimes come with pregnancy. It is rich in minerals, specifically trace minerals that have a high magnesium content, which is a natural anti-inflammatory.
For those who are trying to get pregnant, calcium also helps to alkalize your body and detox from heavy metals. This helps to increase fertility.
Avocados are the good kinds of fat, filled with omegas that aid in optimal brain development for the baby. These fats also help ease depression and sharpen the memory of the mother. The high levels of potassium also help to alleviate leg and muscle cramps, similar to calcium.
Along with their omegas for brain development, walnuts are high in antioxidants for healthy cells and fighting free radicals. Walnuts are also beneficial for dads-to-be when trying to conceive. The high levels of vitamin E help with sperm quality!
- Pumpkin Seeds
Help to prevent anemia by loading up on the iron found in pumpkin seeds. They are also high in magnesium to support the nerves and help the body relax. Your immune system is supported with the zinc contained, omegas enhance the mood, and tryptophan helps to induce sleep.
- Wild Salmon
In small doses while pregnant, wild salmon is a great source of protein and rich in antioxidants, and helps wonderfully with healthy brain development. It’s important to cook the salmon well before consuming when pregnant.
- Beans and Lentils
Legumes are known for their high protein, but they also contain folate which promotes healthy DNA. There’s also fiber to ease constipation, and iron to maintain healthy blood.
- Leafy Greens
Two words: iron and folate! Don’t skimp the iron and folate! You can’t get enough of those deep green leafy veggies. Kale, Swiss Chard, spinach, oh my.
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Disclaimer: Information contained in this blog post is for educational and general purposes only and is designed to assist you in making informed decisions about your health. Any information contained herein is not intended to substitute advice from your doctor or other healthcare professional.