I am someone who normally (non-pregnant me) CRAVES collard greens, and carrots, and spaghetti squash, not to mention several other veggies and healthy foods. So when I started disliking the taste of these things and all I want is hamburgers and grilled cheese, I was truly shocked. I have eaten more cheese in the last 7 weeks then I have in 2 years. I try to control it but it’s hard sometimes! I am constantly researching foods that I SHOULD be eating so my brain can overcome my cravings and force me to eat healthy things. It works sometimes. Here are some relatively healthy foods us pregnant women should be eating, that I’ve found so far:
I’ll start with my favorite one: Chocolate! Apparently they’ve done enough studies to conclude that pregnant women, who eat 5 or more servings of chocolate each week, have a 40% less chance of developing preeclampsia, a high blood pressure condition [that can endanger the lives of both mother and child]. It has also shown to lead to a happier, less fussy baby. This doesn’t mean to eat a Hersey’s bar every day, but a few pieces of dark chocolate (just remember to consider it part of your caffeine consumption) can do a lot of good.
Dates: I discovered this little tidbit while eating some dates, which is my way of trying to beat my sugar addiction and not bake a batch of cookies. Apparently, women who ate dates during all 9 months of pregnancy had shorter labor times. I’m going to assume that’s probably a good thing 🙂
Fish: If you google “pregnancy eating” you’ll most likely come across reports that fish with high mercury levels (tilefish, swordfish, shark, and king mackerel) should be avoided. You’ll also read that you shouldn’t eat more than 2 servings of the other fish every week. And then if you read further, you’ll read that Omega-3 consumption while pregnant (the little goodies you get from eating fish) can make your baby smarter in all sorts of ways! Don’t you hate these darn contradictions?? Well anyway, I’ve found more recent research that has deemed fish to be more helpful than harmful – meaning, it’s worth the (highly unlikely) mercury poisoning risk to eat the fish every week. It is still recommended you don’t go too far over the 2 fish per week limit, but if you sneak in an extra salmon filet (or sardines in my case – never saw that one coming) it’s probably a good thing. I’d still stay away from those 4 high mercury fishies.
Eggs: Speaking of Omega-3s, eggs are a great source! In fact, of all the reading I’ve done it seems eggs should be a staple in every pregnant woman’s diet! I try to eat them every morning (although sometimes I just have time for some Ezekiel break and almond butter). Eggs are rich in Choline, Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Iron and Potassium to name a few! Plus they aren’t high in calories (which, if you’re like me is a good thing since I seem to want to eat ALL the cheese and ALL the almond butter lately).
Here are some more foods that you should consider eating for baby:
Sweet Potatoes, Berries, Dark Leafy Greens, Yogurt