Don’t give in to unhealthy cravings and load up on these healthy superfoods during your pregnancy instead. They’ll keep you strong and healthy.
Just a quarter cup of almonds can supply your body with a healthy dose of Vitamin E – which is great for your baby’s brain development and can help strengthen your nails and hair.
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The potassium in bananas can help you avoid pregnancy hypertension and reduce the risk of heart diseases.
3. Egg yolks
Egg yolks are high in important vitamins and minerals to provide your baby with the nutrients it needs to thrive and develop.
Plus, egg yolk contains choline, a mineral that when combined with folic acid reduces the risk of diseases in babies.
Kale contains two nutrients vital for pregnancy: folic acid and calcium. Both nutrients prevent birth defects and help your baby’s bones grow better.
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5. Lean beef
Lean beef is a great way to load up on healthy carbs and can reduce risk of pregnancy complications too.
Zinc found in beef can reduce the risk of neonatal infection and increase iron levels in your body.
Oatmeal contains so much magnesium that it’s great for building your baby’s bone and teeth.
Plus, oatmeal is a healthy fibre that can regulate your blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
Filled with protein and fibre, quinoa is healthy and great for keeping you full for longer so not only do you provide for your child, you don’t put on extra calories too.
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No, we’re not talking about those options that are high in sugar and calories. We’re talking about brans and grains that can lower your child’s risk of autism.
9. Red bell peppers
High in Vitamin C, red bell peppers can help strengthen your immune system and has high antioxidant powers.
High in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon could actually help with boosting your mood and improving your body’s central nervous system.
11. Sweet potatoes
Especially important during the first trimester, sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A and can provide you with much needed carbs to fill you up and energise you.
Yoghurt has heaps of calcium, minerals and probiotics to improve your body’s gut bacteria.
Ultimately, when your baby gets a hold of this, it’ll reduce your baby’s chance of getting eczema and other allergies that might develop later on.
A version of this article first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly.