Who doesn’t love a list of weird foods?! For a little bonus: These help you feel better during pregnancy! (You’re welcome)
Rooibos is refreshing and caffeine-free. “It provides antioxidants to support immunity, which is lowered in early pregnancy to prevent rejection of the embryo.”
Fun Fact: It also helps to treat nausea, stomach cramps, and constipation during pregnancy.
“Papaya contains the digestive enzyme papain, which breaks down the proteins we eat, helping to reduce pregnancy heartburn, constipation, and nausea.”
Fun Fact: The rich colors of tropical fruit display their high carotenoid content. These antioxidants protect the fruit from UV damage from the sun, just as they protect a growing baby’s delicate body.
“The rich essential fatty acids sesame seeds contain support collagen production, promoting healthy all-around growth, and the fat-soluble nutrients vitamins A and E protect these fatty acids and the baby’s eyes, brain, heart, and skin from damage.”
Fun Fact: Any information you may have heard about sesame seeds leading to miscarriage is erroneous and based on old wives’ tales about “heating the body”.
“Beet works hard to support growth during pregnancy, while helping reduce the risk of damage to the fetus by protecting DNA and removing toxins.”
Fun Fact: In the 16th century, the beet was given as a “blood builder” to people who looked pale. Today we would say its high iron content was being used to treat anemia. it can be eaten during pregnancy to keep iron stores up.
“Cucumber makes a refreshing, cooling, and soothing food at a time when dehydration can quickly lead to tiredness, headaches, and fluid retention.”
Fun Fact: Cucumbers, and other foods with anti-inflammatory properties, such as the twinges felt in the second trimester as the ribcage expands to accommodate the baby. For a list of other foods that can help with hydrating you, check out this article right here.
“Parsley contains a potent cocktail of antioxidants that provide protection from free radical damage to every cell of both mother and baby’s growing body”
Fun Fact: Supplements of parsley oils should be avoided in pregnancy because they can cause early contractions, but the culinary use of all commonly used fresh or dried herbs is highly beneficial.
Red Bell Peppers
“Red bell peppers are one of the richest sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C is the most abundant micro-nutrient in the body, and the need for it increases during pregnancy.”
Fun Fact: As our primary antioxidant, vitamin C is concentrated in our organs at levels of 10-100 times greater than in the blood. Sufficient levels are vital for the protection of the baby’s own organs, including the heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys.