“In general, eating whole foods will help you feel better when you’re pregnant and nourish both you and your baby,” says self-nourishment counselor and integrative nutrition health coach and founder of Path for Life Jeanette Bronée. “You might as well get used to thinking about how to share your meals because essentially you are already feeding your little healthy cutie.” Sorry ladies! We don’t mean to shatter any dreams, but being pregnant does not give you carte blanche to fall face first into a pile of Oreos!
Here, Bronée outlines 10 foods you should consider adding to your diet on a regular basis if you’re pregnant AKA good pregnancy foods!
Cooked whole-grains like brown and black rice, barley, rye and wheat-berries, kamut, spelt and oats are all favorites for any healthy diet, but especially when pregnant because it helps you get the good complex carbs that you need for keeping up good energy. Complex carbs are essential for brain health and are also high in anti-oxidants as well as many of the essential nutrients that you and your baby need on a daily basis. The high fiber also helps you keep a low glycemic index, which is essential and fiber helps you avoid constipation. Even better, the natural sweetness from the grains helps you feel more nourished and satisfied from your meals, and avoid sweet cravings.