Not many pregnant women have the staff that the Duchess of Cambridge has on hand to ensure she eats well whilst carrying baby number two. That is why it is important to know what you should be putting on your plate — and what to avoid.
It is easy to fall into the trap of ‘eating for two’ or over-indulging because you think pregnancy gives you a rare opportunity to eat exactly what you like. This can mean that you are not getting the nutrients you need and can cause problems associated with excessive weight gain.
The key to a healthy pregnancy diet is variety. This will ensure that you and your baby get a good balance of essential nutrients each day. Supplement this with a good pregnancy multi-vitamin and mineral pill.
Satisfying Snacks | It is likely that you will feel hungrier than normal, so invest in some good food pots such as the 14-Piece Food Storage Containers set from Westfalia, and fill them with healthy snacks that you can take wherever you go.
Snack on sliced fruit and vegetable (great for preventing constipation), but just make sure you either lightly cook them or wash them well first. Starchy foods, such as unsweetened breakfast cereals, pasta, rice and bread, are also important as they will stop those hunger pangs without adding unnecessary calories into your diet. Try to go for wholemeal options wherever possible.
Foods to Avoid | Steer clear of some soft cheeses and all pates when pregnant, and always cook eggs and meat well. Do not eat liver, and avoid fish such as marlin, swordfish and shark. Limit how much tuna you eat but, contrary to previous advice, peanuts are all right as long as you do not have an existing allergy or have been advised by a medical professional to avoid them.