Aug 22 | SPROUT BEYOND

Feed The Bump

When you’re pregnant, the cravings struggle is real — and the food you eat should be too. One of our fave blogs The Chalkboard Mag recently consulted with holistic doula & I AM BEYOND contributor Lori Bregman to get the inside scoop on what to eat during pregnancy. Below are 9 superfoods Lori recommends chowing down on when you’re expecting.

1. ORGANIC PASTURE-RAISED EGGS

Organic, pastured eggs are naturally high in protein (which helps promote healthy tissue growth, the building block of the body), omega-3 fatty acids (for healthy brain development) and choline (for healthy muscle and nerve function). The reason I suggest buying organic pasture-raised eggs is because the chickens that lay them roam around free on organic green pastures and naturally eat the earth, plants, grass and bugs. They also eat certified organic feed, which makes the eggs 100 percent organic and free of pesticides, herbicides and chemicals. Pasture-raised eggs have four to six times more vitamin D, three times more omega-3s, seven times more beta-carotene, four times more vitamin E and one-third less cholesterol, compared to regular eggs.

2. SEAWEED

Seaweed is high in iodine as well as folic acid; both assist in the healthy development of the fetus and decrease the chances of birth defects. Iodine increases fertility and protects the fetus from defective genes. Seaweed also supports healthy thyroid function, improves the immune system, protects against cancer, aids in brain development, strengthens digestion and is helpful for constipation (something common in pregnancy). It is also very high in calcium.

3. CALCIUM RICH FOODS

Calcium is good for strong teeth and bones, and it helps with the leg cramps that sometimes come with pregnancy. It is rich in minerals – trace minerals have a high magnesium content, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and overall relaxant. For fertility, it helps to alkalize your body (when trying to conceive if you are overly acidic, sperm can’t live) and helps detoxify your body from heavy metals (something that’s good to do before trying to conceive).

4. AVOCADOS

Avocados are rich in good, healthy fats; packed with omegas, which aid in optimal brain development for your baby; and help ease depression and sharpen memory for the mom-to-be. Avocados are also high in potassium, which alleviates leg and muscle cramps, and a great source of fiber to help keep you regular. 

5. WALNUTS

Walnuts are super high in omegas for brain development and high in antioxidants for healthy cells and fighting free radicals. They’re also packed with vitamin E, which helps with male sperm quality when trying to conceive.

6. PUMPKIN SEEDS

Pumpkin seeds are loaded with iron for healthy blood and anemia prevention. They’re high in magnesium, to support the nerves and help your body relax. They also contain zinc for immune support, omegas to enhance the mood and tryptophan, which helps induce sleep.

7. WILD SALMON

Wild salmon is a great source of protein. It’s rich in antioxidants and omegas – for healthy brain development – and high in protein and calcium.

8. BEANS AND LENTILS

Legumes are a great vegetarian source of protein, as well as folate, which promotes healthy DNA. They are also high in fiber, which helps ease constipation, as well as iron, which you need to maintain healthy blood.

9. LEAFY GREENS

Of the leafy greens, my favorite is spinach because it’s rich in iron and folate.

For more pregnancy health tips and yummy superfood recipes, check out the original post on The Chalkboard Mag. Photo credit: How Sweet Eats.


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