Curb the carbs?
QI AM CRAVING CARBOHYDRATES. AT FIRST IT WAS TO EASE NAUSEA, BUT NOW IT’S ALL I FEEL LIKE EATING. WHICH CARBS ARE BETTER FOR ME, AND SHOULD I TRY TO CUT DOWN? Dietitian Dr Joanna McMillan says:
ANo, you don’t need to cut down your intake of carbohydrates. Your body is craving carbs for a reason – you need them right now to grow that baby. But you are absolutely right that you need to give consideration to which carb-rich foods you eat. We now have good evidence that a low-GI diet during pregnancy gives better outcomes for both baby and mum. You also need fibre to keep your gut healthy – constipation is common in pregnancy, as your digestion gets sluggish and you exercise less. The best high-fibre, low-GI choices include legumes, barley, oats, quinoa, buckwheat (in pancakes or noodles used in soups and stir-fries), wholegrain bread and wholemeal pasta. I like brown rice, but as it is not always low-GI, enjoy it sparingly.