The Perfect Pregnancy Food
What an exciting time! Expecting a new bundle of joy brings a rollercoaster of emotions… Your diet as a momma to be is very important. Nutritional needs change slightly as more and more is expected of your body, but don’t fret! Its not good for you (or the baby) So relax and grab a spoonful (or two, or three) of this nourishing meal and prop up those tired feet..
Yes! Lentils are packed with pregnancy happy nourishment. Here are the qualities found in them that make them so good for you and your growing baby.
Folate – Many studies have shown that women who get 400 micrograms daily prior to conception and during early pregnancy reduce the risk that their baby will be born with a serious neural tube defect (a birth defect involving incomplete development of the brain and spinal cord) by up to 70%. There are 180 micrograms of folate in 1/2 a cup of cooked lentils, which put you at nearly half your daily need. Combine your lentils with folate rich broccoli for a fantastic pregnancy meal.
Iron – Lots, and lots of iron.. Most women actually start their pregnancies slightly deficient in iron. Throughout your pregnancy you will actually end up with 50% more blood in your body that you are responsible for creating. Not to mention your growing placenta. Its recommended that pregnant women receive 25mg of iron per day. There are approximately 4 mg of iron in a half cup of lentils, so be sure to eat other iron rich foods in combination with a hearty bowl of lentils..
Fiber – Its important to consume fiber during pregnancy for two main reasons… First, pregnant women need soluble fiber to aid in the delay of glucose absorption which reduces the effects of pregnancy induced diabetes. Secondly, it aids in maintaining regularity of the Gi tract. If that can be accomplished, you may avoid pregnancy related hemorrhoids. That, is something to be excited about..
Protein – The building blocks of life! Protein is important in all stages of pregnancy to support the brain growth of your little one as well as during breastfeeding to aid in milk production. Its recommended that pregnant and nursing women receive roughly 20 additional grams of protein per day. So eat up! There are approximately 9 grams of protein in a half a cup of cooked lentils.
There you have it! Add this awesome food to your pregnancy diet and relax, you will be glad you did.
If you have any awesome lentil recipes you would like to share for our mommys to be, please do! We are happy to post them.. Also, if you know any pregnant women who would be interested in this info, please use the share button to include them on the post!