30+ Healthy Foods to Eat While Pregnant

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In this post, you’re going to learn about foods that are nourishing to you and your developing baby.

What to eat when pregnant, foods to eat while pregnant

 

 

Let’s dive right in.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Growing a baby is exhausting and the best fuel is wholesome food. But, like you, I got pregnant and didn’t know where to begin with trying to improve my diet. I was never a person who dieted because I never liked the idea of dieting and preferred to eat intuitively. I wondered if this was enough during pregnancy.

 

I know nutrition can get complicated so to keep it simple, I asked simple questions:

 

↠What nutritional value can I get from everyday whole foods?

↠What vitamins and minerals provide the most value during pregnancy? Could I easily source these micronutrients from real food?

↠How could a bunch of kale support my baby and me?

↠Could I actually indulge in dark chocolate without guilt?

 

Here’s is what I found. But first, here are some important things to note:

 

*I am not a nutritionist or dietician. Connecting with these professionals for own unique health needs can be immensely valuable. 

* How your overall diet looks is more indicative of overall health than single meals.

*Many of the foods offer more than one benefit and can be placed in more than one category of benefits.

*Use this resource to get more details on the nutrient value of specific foods.

*This list is not all-inclusive. There are more foods in each category that offer similar benefits.

 

 

FOODS & THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE THEY PROVIDE 

 

FOODS WITH FOLATE

Folate is a B vitamin (B9). It is an important vitamin for cell growth and metabolism, especially during pregnancy. Folate is believed to help prevent birth defects in the brain and spinal cord of your baby. It is found in it’s synthetic or man-made form, folic acid, in most prenatal vitamins; however, it can also be found naturally in the foods listed below. 

1.Chickpeas

2. Lentils

3. Pinto beans

4. Black-eyed peas

5. Asparagus

6. Leafy greens like spinach

7. Avocado

8. Peas

 peas for pregnant woman's diet

 
 

FOODS TO HELP WITH HYDRATION

Food with high water content is perfect for helping pregnant women stay hydrated. Dehydration during pregnancy can be dangerous for your baby and yourself. It can affect the fluid in your amniotic sac, the placenta, and the body’s ability to rid itself of waste. Drinking water and these foods can help keep you hydrated. 

1. Cucumbers

2. Celery Lettuce

3. Radishes

4. Green Peppers

5. Tomatoes

6. Cauliflower 

7. Grapefruit

8. Strawberries

9. Melons (Cantaloupe, Watermelon)

 watermelon

 
 

FOODS WITH FIBER

Fiber helps with pushing everything along and can prevent constipation which affects approximately half of all pregnant women. According to The American Pregnancy Association, not all constipation is due to low fiber; iron supplements, hormones, stress and lack of exercise can contribute to constipation. If you know you have a low fiber intake, consider the foods listed below.

1. Black beans

2. Almonds

3. Quinoa

4. Lentils 

5. Brown rice

6. Dried Figs

7. Apples

8. Sweet potatoes 

9. Oranges

orange for pregnant diet
 
 

FOODS WITH POTASSIUM

Having trouble with cramps, ask your doctor about your potassium levels. Potassium helps maintain fluid and electrolyte balance. Remember that sodium-potassium pump from high school biology? If not, check out this resource for more information on potassium during pregnancy.

1. Raisins

2. Dates

3. Bananas

4. Lima beans

5. White beans

6. Potatoes

7. Squash

8. Avocados

avocado
 
 

FOODS WITH MAGNESIUM

Magnesium is important for balancing blood sugar levels in the body. According to this source, not having enough magnesium can result in serious conditions like preterm labor, preeclampsia and other serious conditions.

1. Black beans

2. Edamame

3. Pumpkin

4. Dark Chocolate

5. Oatmeal

6. Pistachios

7. Spinach

spinach
 
 

FOODS (& DRINK) WITH ZINC

Zinc helps with cell division and cellular metabolism and there is lots of that happening during pregnancy, so your body and your baby need zinc. Zinc is also important for health and immunity. You can learn more about the importance of zinc in pregnancy here and here. Below is a list of foods with zinc. 

1. Cashews

2. Meats (chicken, pork, and beef)

3. Oatmeal

4. Hemp seeds

5. Flax seeds

6. Cereal

 

 

FOODS WITH VITAMIN C

Vitamin C can help protect you and your baby from infection. It also helps with iron absorption and adequate amounts of iron is necessary to prevent certain types of anemia. This source suggests that having an adequate intake of vitamin C benefits bone growth, healthy skin, and tissue repair.

1. Orange Juice 

2. Broccoli

3. Strawberries

4. Tomatoes


 
 

ANTIOXIDANT RICH FOODS

If you want a data-rich article on the importance of antioxidants for pregnancy read this. Just know that dark berries are your friend.

1. Asparagus

2. Kale

3. Edamame 

4. Berries

blueberries
 
 

FOODS WITH BETA-CAROTENE

The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A. Vitamin A benefits your baby’s eye, bone, and skin development

1. Squash

2. Carrots

3. Apricots

4. Sweet potatoes

sweet potatoes
 
 


 

TAKEAWAY:

Growing a baby is exhausting and wholesome food is fuel. Each of these foods have nutritional value but for personalized nutrition support, connect with a nutrition professional.

 

Now that you know what single foods can support you, learn how to put them together to create nourishing meals. One resource I recommend is Liesel’s pregnancy cookbook (affiliate link) I think you’ll love it!

 

 


There are tons of fruits and vegetables on this list. Grab your copy of the EWG’s Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists so that you can minimize your exposure to pesticides in food.

 

Enjoy!!

 

Tiffany Green

Hi, I'm Tiffany! I'm a former newborn screening chemist, a trained doula, and a mom with a masters degree in family life and youth development. I write about pregnancy, motherhood, and wellness with the goal of helping pregnant women and new moms crush overwhelm so that managing family life is an adventure - instead of a hassle.

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