When it comes to pregnancy, not all foods are created equal.
New research reveals that for pregnant women, eating healthy foods is more important than eliminating unhealthy foods.
The Norweigian study that examined pregnant women from 2002 to 2008 found that those who ate a nutritional diet of fruits, veggies, whole grains and water were less likely to have a premature delivery, while those who ate more snacks, white bread, sweets, and processed meats were not affected. So it seems that the mothers-to-be should focus more on upping their nutritional count than worrying about eating a scoop of ice cream.
But what about those of us who aren’t pregnant yet?
Not surprisingly, many of the foods that benefit pregnant women are recommended to those trying to conceive. In the book The Fertility Diet, Harvard researchers reveal some diet rules that have been shown to increase fertility, based on a Nurse’s Health Study of more than 18,000 women over an eight-year period. An overview of the book’s recommendations are as follows:
- Each iron-rich foods, like spinach, beans and beets
- Choose fiber-rich carbs, like whole grains, vegetables and fruits
- Drink whole milk or eat a dish of ice cream everyday
- Stay hydrated
So while the journey towards motherhood may seem frustrating and chaotic, our eating habits are one thing we can and should take control of. Eating fruits and veggies has been reinforced in us since we were kids, and the study shows that the results really do pay off. So like your parents always said, it’s good to you eat your greens and carrots – but now, you don’t have to be afraid to have that ice cream too.