Fibre Rich Foods During Pregnancy

fibre rich foods during pregnancy

Eating well this week: Fibre Rich Foods During Pregnancy

A happy and healthy mother increases the chances of a healthy baby! Eating right helps pregnant women maintain a good health. Issues with the digestive tract during pregnancy like constipation or haemorrhoids or diarrhoea are quite common. To keep these issues at bay or to a minimum, one must ensure that the diet has enough fibre-rich food in it.

Constipation could possibly be troubling you by now in the second trimester. This is mainly due to hormonal changes so ensure you have enough fibre on the plate. Fibre is available only in plant resources and they are of two types:

  • Insoluble fibre

Insoluble fibres play a great role in ensuring proper functioning of the digestive tract. It acts as a natural laxative that enables easier and faster movement of wastes through the digestive system. Insoluble fibres soften the stool thus making elimination easier and keeping constipation at bay.

It is commonly found in whole grains, vegetables, fruits and dried peas and beans.

  • Soluble fibre

Soluble fibres help lower the blood cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar levels too.

It is commonly found in oats, barley, vegetables, fruits, dried peas and beans.

You need to ensure an intake of 28gms of fibre (minimum) each day. You can get your fibre requirements from supplements prescribed by the gynaecologist but it is always to have them from a balanced diet.

A healthy digestive system will also require you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and consume enough and more fluids in your diet.

Remember to keep all these in mind and you can be rest assured of a safe and healthy pregnancy!