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Pregnancy cravings of the healthy kind

Pregnancy cravings are inevitable and swapping salty chips to healthy dips can be a downer. What if you can wire them into cravings of the healthy kind? It’s going to be much healthier for both your baby and you, and who knows, it may even help reduce those midnight hunger pangs!

As you progress from trimester to trimester, prepare for your body to go through numerous aggravations – morning sickness, fatigue, and heartburn, just to name a few. The beauty of pregnancy is that your cravings are your best defence. Here’s what to expect and how you can make the most of each trimester.

First Trimester

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EXPECT:
Nausea, giddiness, 
heartburn, food cravings, and fatigue.

TRY:
High fibre foods1, citrus foods, and healthy snacks. 

AVOID:
Spicy foods, greasy foods, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners.

Second Trimester

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EXPECT: 
Your baby to fully develop organs, muscles, and nervous system.

TRY: 
High protein foods2 and good fats.

Third Trimester

eating

EXPECT: 
Shortness of breath, frequent urination, and
increase in appetite.

TRY: 
Folic acid3, calcium4, iron5, and vitamins6.

References: 
 

  1. Axe J. 20 Ultimate high fiber foods. Available at: https://draxe.com/high-fiber-foods/
  2. Diet during pregnancy: Healthy eating while pregnant. 2016. Available at: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/diet-during-pregnancy/
  3. 15 Foods high in folic acid. 2015. Available at: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/folic-acid-foods/
  4. Axe J. Top 10 calcium rich foods. Available at: https://draxe.com/top-10-calcium-rich-foods/
  5. Anemia and pregnancy. Available at: https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/anemia_and_pregnancy/
  6. 25 Vitamin-rich foods you should be eating. Available at: http://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/25-vitaminrich-foods-you-should-be-eating/

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