Snack on whole grain sandwich with grated cheese, mashed tuna, sardines or salmon; salad of leafy greens with nuts, beans, and pumpkin seeds. Drink a mango, pineapple, and apricot smoothie with 1/2 glass fresh pineapple juice, and half a mango. Also boiled eggs, low fat/fat free frozen yogurt, organic cranberries, baked potatoes, pumpkin seeds are healthy options.
Now that you’re pregnant, the food choices you make go a long way in keeping your baby and you healthy and strong. But even as you cope with the enormous physical changes in your body, your digestive system may appear to have an agenda of its own! So, how do you strike a balance?
Your doctor will recommend a healthy diet plan that includes foods rich in specific nutrients like iron, folate, iodine, calcium, magnesium, and several vitamins. And not to forget, lots of fluids.1 But the changes in your body can throw it out of whack. In the early weeks, morning sickness, with its attendant nausea and aversion to certain foods, can dampen hunger. From the second trimester onward, as your baby develops rapidly, you will need to consume more calories. To help a mom-to-be maintain a healthy weight gain through pregnancy, get nutrient-rich foods, and cope with likely digestion problems, dieticians recommend eating three small main meals interspersed with about three snacks a day. And snacking can be the game changer here for you!
Here are some good reasons for you to eat a range of healthy snacks through your pregnancy:
It’s an easy way to get in the extra nutrients needed for your growing baby.
A small, filling snack will sort out hunger pangs that you may experience between meals.2
It’s important that you gain just the right amount of weight during pregnancy, neither too much nor too little. Snacking on healthy foods will help you gain what’s required but without piling on the pounds (more on that later).