Top 10 foods for your partner

Only a healthy mother can give birth to a healthy baby. If you care enough to ponder, you’ll find out that almost all healthy mothers have received proper nourishment during their pregnancy. It is widely known that good foods can keep many illnesses at bay. It is no brainer, if your partner is already pregnant or trying to get pregnant, it is high time for you to pay more attention to her diet plan.
The nutritional requirements of a pregnant mother change in each trimester. Usually, in the second and third trimesters taking additional 500 calories each day is important for proper growth and development of the fetus. Conversely, poor dietary habits often result in disease conditions like gestational diabetes.
Here are top 10 food items to keep both your partner and your unborn child healthy during pregnancy.


Green Vegetables

Green vegetables are rich in essential nutrients such as vitamins; A, C, K, iron, folate, calcium and much more. They also contain antioxidants that can boost the immune and digestive systems. Their high fiber content is useful against maternal constipation. Make sure to add more green vegetables like broccoli and spinach into her meal from next time onwards.


Sweet Potatoes

They contain beta carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, which is vital in cell differentiation and development of an unborn child. It is also rich in fiber that can keep her digestive system healthy.


Pulses

Legumes such as chickpeas, beans, lentils, peas, and soya beans are ideal foods for a pregnant mother. They are rich sources of iron, folate, and protein. They have the ability to prevent neural tubal defects and low birth weight problems.


Dairy products

Dairy products like milk and yogurt are rich in calcium, proteins (whey & casein), vitamin B complex, magnesium, zinc and many more nutrients.
Some even contain probiotic bacteria that can maintain the digestive tract healthy and well-functioning. These bacteria also have the ability to reduce the risk of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.

Whole Grain Bread

They contain vital nutrients such as iron, zinc, magnesium, and B-vitamins.


Soy foods

It is one of the best alternatives for a vegan mother who doesn’t eat lean meat or fish. It is a rich source of proteins.


Dates

It is believed that eating dates can shorten the labor process. Dates can facilitate cervical dilatation and reduce the need for induction of labor. It is also rich in many nutrients like potassium, iron, and fiber.


Berries

Berries are small, yet extremely powerful. They are good sources of anti-oxidants. Thus, they can easily overcome oxidative stress which is vital in preventing pre-eclampsia like diseases. Berries are good for preventing gestational diabetes too.


Oranges 

Oranges are rich in vitamin C, folate, and fiber. They also contain a lot of fluid that can keep the mother well-hydrated.


Avocados

Avocados bring many health benefits to a pregnant mother. They are good sources of healthy fats like monounsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids ensure proper development of the nervous system of the fetus. Avocados are also rich in vital nutrients like vitamin E, vitamin C, folate, potassium, and much more.


Do not forget the importance of proper nutrition all through pregnancy and even before that. Every mom should eat healthy foods to be healthy; then only a healthy baby will be born.


Team Papabambino, September 19th, 2017,