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As you enter into the beautiful phase of motherhood, eating for two becomes something of a mystery, doesn’t it?
I remember getting the confirmation from my doctor.
I called my best friend to tell her to come over, I had something to tell her. She arrived at my apartment and the minute I gave her the news she insisted we go out to lunch to celebrate. I remember feeling so hungry, starving even, as we sat in that diner in the Village. I ordered a grilled cheese and tomato with a side of fries (my usual diner order) and I added a milkshake. No harm in a milkshake, after all, I AM eating for 2, I thought.
You hear the stories about crazy cravings, and nauseating moments and overeating; but until it happens to you, you may still feel a bit like you're stumbling in the dark.
What to eat, what not to eat? Here are a few things I have learned and figured out along the way. Keep in mind, I am in no way an expert! I am, however, a mom of 4- so I do know a thing or two about this very subject.
Doctors in fact, recommend eating similarly to the way you have always eaten, but trying to add in some extra layers to your diet. These layers could include extra vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats.
In this post I hope to provide you with knowledge of a holistic approach to eating, which you can use along your own journey through pregnancy. Think of the following foods as various shades of color you can use to paint your perfectly balanced picture.
Immune Boosting Foods
One of the most fascinating facts about being pregnant has to do with the way a woman’s immune system functions. Logically, when you get pregnant, your body should fight it off since the fetus contains cells from the father… or in other words, foreign entities to your own body. Miraculously however, your immune system comes into play here, suppressing itself in order not to fight the fetus off.
While this can cause you to come down with a case of the sniffles, fatigue, or cough, you can rest easy knowing your baby is nestled inside the womb, protected from all bugs.
Some great examples of these immune boosters are:
Foods High In Fiber
You may be surprised to find out how much fiber you will actually need to consume when you are pregnant to prevent constipation. Let's just say it's necessary to keep things moving more now than ever before!!
Some great sources of fiber are:
Now for the tricky part: what NOT to eat when you are pregnant!
Remember, our body is really great at telling us what it needs, by telling us what it wants- so the next time you find yourself having a weird craving, a quick google search may reveal that whatever you are in the mood for contains a high amount of say, iron, and that may be just what you need! Listen to your body!