Create: 07/03/2017 - 10:20
Today, we are going to talk about your nutrition for the first trimester. Eating and pregnancy go hand-in-hand. Now is the perfect time to change your diet and lifestyle. It’s time to eat wholesome food and avoid foods high in saturated fats.
During pregnancy, a few hundred extra calories from healthy foods is all the extra you really need. Since certain vitamin and mineral needs (like calcium and iron) go up, so adding foods rich in these nutrients is best for you and your growing baby.
Remember to take your fortified prenatal vitamin daily with folate and check in with your medical provider to see which prenatal is best for you.
During the first trimester, you may find it difficult to eat a balanced diet if you are experiencing morning sickness. One way to help prevent morning sickness is to have a protein-rich meal for breakfast and dinner, and to eat at regular intervals throughout the day.
This should consist of fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, yogurt, dried fruits, cut up veggies, dips like hummus and, of course, bottled water. Today, we’re going to make a quick trail mix that you’ll be able to take with you on the go.
Take almonds (a good source of healthy fat and protein), dried apple (a good source of pectin), raisins (which help to ease constipation), cashews (which are high in magnesium and a great source of healthy fat) and dried berries (a good source of antioxidants). Place it in a big bowl and mix it all together.
Pack your trail mix in small baggies for your prenatal pantry on the go. Some other things to include in your prenatal pantry include granola bars, crackers, almond butter and bottled water. If you go out and your forget your trail mix and you get hungry, just stop at the store.
But, remember to choose the healthiest option. Try for a piece of fruit, unsalted nuts or yogurt. Make sure to keep easy and nutrient-rich foods like these within reach. It will help to keep you and your baby feeling good.