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Six must eat foods when pregnant

During any pregnancy, your nutrition must be on the lookout. This is because the body needs different nutrients and you are feeding the unborn child.

Consuming a diet that lacks certain nutrients may hinder the baby’s growth and also put your health at risk.

To avoid having a premature baby and getting chronic diseases here are some of the foods you need to consider eating when pregnant.

Sweet potatoes

They are commonly known as ‘ngwashe’ and are rich in beta carotene which is converted into vitamin A. According to Health Line, pregnant women are advised to increase their intake by 10-40 percent. The sweet potatoes also contain fiber which reduces blood sugar spikes and improves the digestion.

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Green Vegetables

There are different types of green vegetables which include; cabbage, sukuma wiki, spinach, managu, and the list is endless. They contain nutrients like fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, iron and potassium. The fiber helps in preventing constipation. Consuming the leafy vegetable is said to reduce the risk of low birth.

Whole grains

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They are an important source of energy and nutrients. Whole grains include; brown rice, wheat, millet, oatmeal, and barley. Just to mention a few. It decreases constipation, controls blood sugar and lowers blood cholesterol.

Water

In any pregnancy, the blood volume increases up to 1.5 liters because you are drinking for two. All pregnant women are advised to drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration and risk of urinary tract infections which are known to be common.

Lean Meat

This is the meat that has low-fat content for instance pork, beef, and chicken. They are highly sourced with proteins, iron and vitamin B. Iron is highly needed in the third trimester because the blood volume is increasing. Low levels of iron cause anemia which can result in a premature baby.

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Legumes

They include beans, peas, peanuts or soybeans. The legumes are good sources of fiber, proteins, folate, and calcium. The folate nutrient is Vitamin B9 which is important for the health unborn baby’s especially in the first trimester.

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