Mums-to-be, nutrients for you means nutrients for two!

Nasreen Majid

Pregnancy, what a beautiful and exciting journey it is! You hold your breath anticipating the first sight of the positive lines, the first sound of a heartbeat and through many more firsts! You see your entire future in that tiny flutter on the screen and start to plan and envision all that is to come. But in all that excitement, you also get the feeling of anxiety and worry that you aren’t doing what’s best for you and your little ones, especially while they’re still in your body.

So don’t forget the most important thing you should be doing at this stage is eating a balanced diet — because this is your main source of nutrients for yourself, while you are the main source of nutrients for your little ones!

And the importance of getting enough nutrients while you’re pregnant cannot be emphasised enough.

Eating Healthy While Pregnant

Eating a nutritious and balanced diet during pregnancy is linked to good foetal brain development, healthy birth weight and it also helps reduce many possible birth defects. As for you, mama, a balanced diet reduces the risk of anaemia and other unpleasant pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue and morning sickness.  In a nutshell, a balanced diet during pregnancy is protection for you and your little one. Choosing the right food will give you the complex mix of nutrients that pregnant women need.

Speaking of which, many pregnant women don’t get enough folate, calcium, Vitamin D and protein. Recent reports1 also said that in Singapore, 1 in 3 women are iron deficient and two-thirds of them are pregnant women who are typically in their third trimester. The worst part is – they may not even be aware of it. A balanced diet during pregnancy should include some of these:

  • Dairy products like Greek yoghurt – for extra calcium and protein to meet the needs of the growing foetus
  • Legumes (peas, beans, chickpeas, soybeans etc) – excellent plant-based sources of fibre, protein, folate (Vitamin B9) and calcium; folate is especially important during the first trimester to decrease the chances of infection, neural tube defects & low birth weight
  • Salmon – high in omega-3 fatty acids to help build the brain and eye of the foetus
  • Broccoli and dark leafy greens – include fibre, Vitamin C, K & A, calcium, iron, folate and potassium; they are also rich in antioxidants that benefit the immune system
  • Berries – packed with water and rich amounts of Vitamin C which helps the body to absorb iron

These are just some of the many foods that contribute to a balanced diet during pregnancy. Don’t forget to eat lean meat for high-quality protein and whole grains which are packed with much more fibre and vitamins as compared to refined grains. It is also important to stay hydrated to prevent constipation and urinary tract infections.

Apart from healthy food, you should also be looking into adding milk into your diet. Not any milk, but milk with the right nutrients you need throughout your pregnancy journey. Frisomum Gold is specially formulated with DualCare+ essential nutrients to support physiological changes during pregnancy.

For the mum-to-be, Frisomum Gold has nutritional benefits such as magnesium for energy metabolism and to reduce fatigue, prebiotic to promote the growth of good Bifidus bacteria and probiotic to help maintain a healthy digestive system, choline for the liver and B vitamins to produce the energy that you need.

For your little one, there are vitamin B12 and folic acid for the formation of red blood cells, iodine for normal cognitive function, as well as vitamin D and calcium for strong bones!

The Frisomum Gold formula also has a Glycemic Index (GI) of just 25.0 ± 3.01 to help pregnant mums maintain a healthy weight throughout their pregnancy. All you need is one to two 200ml servings of Frisomum Gold in a day to reap the myriad benefits!

And don’t worry, it tastes really good so it won’t be so hard to add it to your diet.

So mums, now that you know what you need to do to ensure that you and your little one are in the best possible health, head to your favourite supermarket and start shopping for all those nutrition-packed foods we talked about. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up a tin of Frisomum Gold. Remember, nutrients for you means nutrients for two.

 

References:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/healthy-pregnancy
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-foods-to-eat-when-pregnant
  3. https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-019-6736-y

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