First trimester treat

First trimester treat

There are certain foods which should be present in each pregnant woman diet. All the pregnancy period is very important, but during this trimester, the baby grows faster than at any other time. By six weeks, a heartbeat can usually be heard and by the end of week 12, your baby’s bones, muscles and all the organs of the body have formed. At this point, baby looks like a tiny human being and is now called a fetus. Proper nutrition is key to making sure both mother and baby get all the vital nutrition they need. The foods listed here are some of the most important foods the baby and mother need to proceed a healthy journey toward the blessed day.

Spinach

Spinach is high in folic acid, which is crucial in allowing your baby’s neural tube to properly fuse in the first month after conception.

Lentils

Protein is important during each trimester, as it aids in the proper growth of your baby’s tissue and muscle.

Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruit is also very high in folic acid, which can help prevent birth defects.

Nuts

Pregnant women need an extra 60 grams of protein a day beginning the first trimester of pregnancy.

Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese contains both calcium and protein, which are good for muscle and bone development.

Asparagus

Asparagus is high in Vitamin D, of which many women are deficient.

Eggs

Aside from being an excellent source of protein, eggs are high in calcium and Vitamin D as well, both of which are needed for your baby to properly form bones.

Broccoli

Broccoli is surprisingly high in iron, which is needed in the first trimester to form red blood cells in your baby.

Yogurt

Yogurt is high in calcium and Vitamin D, and eating it ensures your body is getting enough, which prevents your baby from having to “steal” it from your bones.

Okra

Okra is high in folic acid, which helps prevent birth defects.

Chicken

Chicken is high in iron, which creates red blood cells and helps your body get enough oxygen.

Collard Greens

Collard greens are high in iron, and many pregnant women lack enough iron.

Salmon

Salmon is high in calcium and Vitamin D, and is one of the safer fish to eat while pregnant.

Lean Beef

Beef is a great source of iron, and as long as you don’t eat it under cooked, beef is great for you and your unborn baby. Grass-fed, organic, and hormone-free is the best choice for expecting moms!

Beans

Beans are a great source of protein, which is needed for muscle growth and energy.

 

Source:  Babble

Photo credit: teresadoula.com

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