Carbs—Yay or Nay? During pregnancy, a woman’s body is going through big changes. Food choices are important in this special stage of life of an expectant mom. What should you eat? What foods to avoid for a healthy pregnancy? These are some of the questions I recall in my preggy days few years ago.
For the next nine months, you’ll need to consume about 300 more calories per day than you did before you became pregnant. It is essential to take a full dose of nutrients to help with your baby’s growth and development.
However, when it comes to this topic, most, if not all, still have this question: do I need carbs to keep me and my baby healthy? I actually didn’t mind taking carbs during my pregnancy days. But, then I realize that you should limit.
As one of the most delicate time in your life, you can’t just eat everything you want. Well in my case, I eat everything but as I’ve said, there should be a limit. But studies show that low carbohydrate diets may increase risk of neural tube defects (see credit below) , therefore carbohydrates should remain in your diet. Despite gaining a bad reputation, thanks to the popularity of low-carb diets in recent years, this nutrient remains a big source of energy.
Starchy foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta, and bread are good sources of vitamins and fiber, which can help provide you the energy to support your baby during pregnancy. Many of such foods also provide other important nutrients for his or her development, including calcium, iron, and B vitamins.
But of course, eating carbs is not enough. According Ms. Mary Jude “Jong” Icasiano, a Wyeth nutritionist, you should also follow some good eating habits so that your baby gets the best start in life. She noted three of these good eating habits below: