You’re now entering the second phase of your pregnancy. Hopefully, some of the initial tiredness has disappeared and, for most of you who have suffered from this, your morning sickness will ease.
You’re starting to bloom and your bump begins to really show!It’s always important to eat as healthily as you can during your pregnancy. Your clever body makes even better use of the energy you get from your food when you are pregnant. This means you don’t actually need any extra calories for the first six months of your pregnancy.
Sorry, this means that you’re not supposed to eat for two just yet!
In your second trimester (weeks 14 to 27) calcium, vitamin D and magnesium are especially important. This is the time when your baby’s bones and teeth start to develop. Magnesium helps your body to work more efficiently to convert the food you eat into energy and regulate your body temperature.
Here are some great pregnancy snacks for when you are on the go or at work:
- Dairy foods (choose reduced-fat versions) such as a low-fat or plain yoghurt or a small chocolate milkshake (not the ones from McDonalds!). These are calcium rich. If you don’t eat dairy, swap these for a calcium enriched soya option.
- A small handful of dried figs and almonds is great as both of these also contain calcium. These can be added to your yoghurt.
- A snack of sardines on toast will give you a calcium boost if you eat the soft bones mashed, as well as iron and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for your baby’s brain and eye development.A handful of sunflower or pumpkin seeds contains magnesium.
- A small pot of hummus with carrot snacks is great to keep your energy level high right up to lunchtime.
- Flapjacks made with sunflower margarine or olive spread, rolled oats,chopped almonds and pumpkin seeds are great for a calcium/magnesium boost.
- A banana with peanut butter is a perfect mid-morning pick me up.
- An apple, small handful of almonds and a Babybel (pasteurised and totally safe for ladies with bumps). An awesome flavour mix and great for your energy levels.
Don’t forget that it is important to treat yourself to a snack “treat” every now and then. Choosing a healthy pregnancy snacks most of the time gives you the choice to reach for that chocolate bar or biscuit when nothing else will really cut it!