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Good food guide
Getting the right nutritional balance when you’re pregnant can be difficult. There are plenty of rules about what not to eat, as well as conflicting information around kilojoule consumption and the best types of foods to aid your baby’s growth and development. Nutritional therapist and mum-to-be Angelique Panagos shares her advice for a nutritious pregnancy diet:
PROTEIN POWER: “This is an important building block in the body and it’s necessary for both mum and growing baby,” she says, “Good sources include fish, poultry, organic free-range eggs, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds and, in moderation, game and red meat.”
AT LEAST FIVE A DAY: “Aim for at least five (but ideally 10+) servings of rainbow-coloured fruit and vegetables daily to boost your intake of key vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.” If you’re having trouble fitting them in, make yourself a power-packed smoothie to sip on.
WHOLEGRAIN HEROES: “Opting for these grains will maximise your intake of the essential nutrients including as B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and calcium. The high levels of fibre also ensure a slow and sustained energy release to help stabilise blood sugar levels.”
THE GOOD OILS: “Include no more than two portions of oily fish per week alongside fresh, non-roasted nuts and seeds. Essential fats are key building blocks for the development of the baby’s brain, central nervous system and eyes.”