An adequate intake of protein in the diet during pregnancy is really important. Known as a ‘builder nutrient’ – protein helps build important elements for the baby, such as the brain, heart, bones, muscles, cartilages, skin and blood. It enables your baby’s cells to function well and lays a strong foundation to build upon, throughout infancy, childhood and beyond.
As per studies, some women face problems in getting enough protein in their diet during pregnancy. This can be due to incorrect food eating habits and lack of knowledge. Hence we’ve put up some suggestions on protein-rich foods that’ll help you get enough of this essential nutrient.
Lentils and pulses: all lentils and pulses are excellent sources of protein not just for vegetarians, but for non-vegetarians as well. In addition, they also provide essential minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, etc.
Seafood: tuna, salmon, sardines, mackerel, can be included in a pregnancy diet. One should be careful when eating shell fish though, as they could have high mercury levels.
Meat and Poultry: All lean meats like de-skinned chicken and turkey, eggs, etc. are good sources of protein.
Nuts and seeds: Almonds, peanuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc. and seeds like flaxseed, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds.
Milk and dairy: Milk, plant based milk like soya milk , almond milk, oat milk, etc. cheese, yogurt, tofu, cottage cheese should be eaten during pregnancy.
Grains and millers: Grains like quinoa, oats, amaranth, and millers like pearl, sorghum, etc. are good sources of protein.
Health experts claim that it’s always a good idea to consume whole foods rather than processed foods in order to source your protein; because whole foods tend to offer better nutritional benefits that the man-made processed food options.
Furthermore, it’s important to remember that, protein requirements for pregnant women can vary from person to person, depending on one’s requirement. Hence its always recommended that you contact a dietician or a nutrition specialist to get precise details on your meal plan.
To find out how much protein your body needs each day, contact Kanupriya Khanna and create an individualized pregnancy meal plan. Kanupriya Khanna is one of the best nutritionists in Delhi. A certified practitioner, she is the one who will give you honest, clear and concise advice on how and what to eat.