Good Foods to Eat when 3 to 6 Months Pregnant

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What you should be eating and what you shouldn't be eating when 3-6 months pregnant.

Pregnancy for most women can be an amazing experience. For many others it can be a time of confusion and a time of stress. With categories ranging from how you should sleep to what foods to eat, growing that bubby inside you can really become a challenge. It is imperative that you get all the right nutrients and less of some toxins to give your baby a fighting chance. So before we list the foods, let’s look at some nutrients and toxins which you should be monitoring.

Nutrients:

• Folic Acid: Folate or Folic Acid is of immense importance in the early stages of pregnancy. Folic Acid supports the increasing maternal blood volume and can greatly decrease the possibility of your baby suffering from Neural Tube Defects. Food such as Green vegetables Whole grain breads and Cereals are a brilliant source of folic acid. Although eating alone will not give you the folic acid content you want, try taking a 0.5mg folic acid tablet each day for a month before you are expecting to be pregnant and continue this trend for about 3 months into pregnancy.

• Iron: Becoming unusually pale and constantly feeling tired are 2 symptoms of anemia; this can be prevented by eating more iron. Iron is also needed to maintain a constant level of blood flow to the growing baby and placenta. Foods which contain high amounts of iron are; red meats, fish, poultry (chicken), dried fruits whole grain breads, green leafy vegetables, and iron enriched cereals. If you are not getting enough Iron, your doctor or midwife may suggest low iron supplements.

• Calcium and Vitamin D: Calcium is essential for your growing baby. Calcium provides your baby with strong bones and teeth but it also helps you. Eating the required amount of calcium greatly reduces the chance of blood clots, regulates your nerve system and keeps your muscles working well. If your growing baby feels a calcium deficiency, he/she is more than likely going to take it from your bones making your bones weaker in later life. Vitamin D also boosts your babies bone strength that little bit more. Foods high in calcium and Vitamin D are; Milk, Yoghurt and cheese, fish with edible bones (salmon and canned sardines) and soy milk with added calcium are all great sources. You should be aiming for at least 2-3 serves of this each day.

• Iodine: Iodine greatly helps in the developing of your baby’s brain and nervous system. Whilst this is not recommended by everyone, Iodine can really put a lot of worries to rest when your baby is developing. Foods that are rich in Iodine are; Ocean Fish (just be extremely cautious of fish with mercury in them), meat, eggs, dairy food and any salt which is used for cooking purposes or food enhancement should be iodised salt.

• Protein: Not a huge worry when it comes to protein, it just slightly buffs your baby’s growth. Foods that are high in iron and calcium are usually great sources of protein, if your iron is at a satisfactory level, then your protein will be too.

Things to avoid:

• Lack of fluid: Fluid is very important for not only your baby’s well being but yours also. You should be aiming for 2 litres of water each day.

• Alcohol: When dealing with alcohol you should really learn to adopt the saying “rather be safe than sorry”. It is unclear how much alcohol you can consume whilst pregnant but a good method to go by is none at all.

• Caffeine: Caffeine does not hold a huge risk although your consumption should be greatly reduced if any at all. Too much caffeine can make you irritable and limit the amount of sleep you get. Copious amounts of caffeine can also increase the chance of miscarriage.

So finally the section you have been reading for. What foods to eat when 3-6 months pregnant. Below is a list of foods suitable;

• Whole grain breads iron enriched cereals, rice, pasta, noodles.

• Potato, Salad vegetables (lettuce, tomato etc) dried beans, lentils, chick peas or split peas.

• Apple, pear, orange, banana, apricots, plums, kiwi fruit.

• Milk, yoghurt, cheese.

• Red meat (steak), poultry (chicken), pork, fish fillets (with no mercury in it) eggs.

• Very limited amounts of; Doughnuts, sweet biscuits, cake, chocolate bars.

The above foods are not a strict guide. For more information see your doctor or midwife.

Great sites for you to visit:

http://www.healthdirect.org.au/health-information-services/pregnancy-birth-and-baby-website/pregnancy-topics/eating-well-in-pregnancy

http://www.healthcastle.com/pregnancy-diet.shtml

Thanks for reading! If you liked this please feel free to read my article on Green tea located here.

Sources:

http://www.healthdirect.org.au/health-information-services/pregnancy-birth-and-baby-website/pregnancy-topics/eating-well-in-pregnancy

http://www.healthcastle.com/pregnancy-diet.shtml

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