Did you know when you are pregnant your baby feeds off your nutrient bank?
That the baby is like a little parasite that feeds off your nutrient stores .
Instead of eating for two ensure you are eating from all the food groups and meeting your daily calorie requirements.
During the first trimester,your body is undergoing numerous changes and it is also a time when the baby growth is at its most rapid.
There is a lot of cell multiplication and many vital tissues and organs are formed during this time.
A good idea is to ensure you are very familiar with the food groups and ensure each meal you take has all the food groups in it.
The 5 basic food groups are:
5.Meat and beans.
Important nutrients during the first trimester are:
The rapid growth and cell multiplication needs proteins which are the body’s building blocks.
These can me met by eating a variety of foods like broccoli,cauliflower,avocado,cabbage’chick peas,lentils as well as proteins from animal sources like chicken and beef.
In order for the body to make use of these increased intake of protein you need your fruits and vegetables
A very critical nutrient as it plays a role in brain and spinal cord development,formation of DNA as well as in tissue and cell development.
Rich sources of folic acid include green vegetables like spinach,kales,whole grains.
This nutrient is so important that women who are even thinking of becoming pregnant are advised to ensure they are meeting their daily intake of this nutrient.
A nutrient critical in building up of hemoglobin the blood component that carries oxygen.
A pregnant woman has an increased need for oxygen because of the increased blood volume and to help her baby’s iron stores.
Babies are actually born with stores of iron that can last 4-6 months.
Dry beans,meat,oatmeal,kales,spinach ,broccoli and even pumpkin seeds.
Get part 1 of Nutrition in pregnancy here.