Eating in Pregnancy
Listening to your body in pregnancy
Firstly congratulations! But with your body going through so many changes over the next 9 months it can be helpful to take a step back and listen to what it’s telling you – here are our top tips for going with the flow & staying healthy
Be conscious of how you are feeling and acknowledge new feelings and sensations, such as increased hunger or tiredness. Look after yourself.
Take a balanced
approach to eating
Ensure you are eating a healthy balanced diet with a wide variety of foods in order to pack in all those nutrients.
Some foods are best avoided in pregnancy and others you might be craving; adapt your shopping list but don’t overthink things.
Whilst food isn’t a magic bullet, it certainly can help, so read up on our tips & know it will pass in time.
The right kind of gentle exercise during pregnancy is a great way to prepare you for birth & keep up healthy habits.
find a balance in pregnancy
Finding a balance between in the foods you eat and drink can help ease morning sickness and help you maintain your energy as your body goes through this time of change. Here are our top tips for eating and drinking to support your well-being in pregnancy
snacks to hand
Help fight morning sickness by starting each morning eating a little something. For example keeping a packet of oatcakes by your bed to have a few bites when you wake up.
simple & nutritious
Eat simple, protein-rich foods, such as nuts and seeds, eggs and pulses like lentils. Try to avoid rich, spicy, acidic, fatty or fried foods that might trigger nausea.
If you’re finding it hard to keep fluids down, limit drinks during mealtimes & instead take small sips throughout the day.
Strong flavours of mint, ginger and lemon are thought to help with nausea. Adding these to water, drinking flavoured tea can also help.
Even smelling mint or lemon can calm your tummy. Keep a packet of peppermints in your bag so you can have a mint whenever you are out and about feeling poorly.
taste adventures in pregnancy
In early pregnancy you might be feeling tired and nauseous, but energy dense snacks can help relieve this, so here are some ideas for snacks plus the foods to avoid.
Fruits & Vegetables: fresh, frozen or dried.
Plain yoghurt & berries.
Wholemeal toast with nutbutter or marmite.
Dips such as hummus with veg or crackers.
Oatcakes with nutbutter or marmite.
Plain popcorn & breadsticks.
AVOID: Unpasteurised milk, soft cheeses & raw eggs
AVOID: Alcohol & Caffeine
AVOID: Raw meat, shellfish & cured meats.
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Add some movement
The right kind of exercises during pregnancy are a great way to stay active safely and meet other expectant families, plus the right exercise can ease the aches and pains of pregnancy; win winget involved