Balanced and varied diet during pregnancy
Folic acid, magnesium, iron – lots of nutrients are particularly important during pregnancy. Fresh food not fast food is the theme! That’s because short storage times and as little preparation as possible ensure that the nutritional value of food is reduced as little as possible. But remember: Fruit, vegetables and salad should be washed thoroughly before eating to remove potential pathogens. Find out more about vital substances during pregnancy
Because of the hormonal changes during pregnancy, increased amounts of magnesium are eliminated via urine. So expectant mothers should pay attention to ensuring they have a diet that is rich in magnesium, since magnesium is essential for maintaining the health of the mother and child. Broccoli, bananas, wholemeal bread, peanuts – there are lots of tasty foods that are rich in the mineral. But: To get to the recommended daily amount of 310 to 350 mg magnesium, you’d need to eat about 9 slices of wholemeal bread or 7 bananas a day! So many doctors advise supplementing your diet with a magnesium product.
Increasing your magnesium intake is recommended for a healthy pregnancy. Taking Biolectra® Magnesium 300 mg Direct
is enough! These modern micro-pellets with an orange or lemon flavour can be taken without water and help to cover the higher magnesium requirement during these life situations. They also help to maintain the magnesium balance during pregnancy and breastfeeding as well. We recommend that you consult a doctor before taking them.
Wholemeal products such as wholemeal bread, brown rice and muesli supply lots of vital substances and complex carbohydrates that fill you up over long periods. Good side effect: Wholemeal products contain roughage that keeps your gut going, which is particularly helpful during pregnancy! Many expectant mothers are only too familiar with the problem of constipation.
Iodine is particularly important for the child’s physical and intellectual development. So, fish should be on the menu twice a week during pregnancy. Pollack, for example, is a particularly good source of iodine. It’s important to make sure the fish is always well-cooked during pregnancy. Raw fish and raw seafood are taboo during pregnancy!
Pregnant women should drink a minimum of 1.5 litres a day. Healthy thirst-quenchers such as mineral water, fruit juice with mineral water and unsweetened herbal or fruit teas are the perfect drinks for mums-to-be.
Raw or undercooked meat, raw eggs, raw fish and unpasteurised milk (including raw milk products such as soft cheese) may contain pathogens such as toxoplasma or listeria that could seriously harm the unborn child. These foods must be taken right off the menu! The same applies to uncooked cereals such as fresh grain porridge or germ wheat left to swell overnight. There are also a few types of sausage that are a no-no for pregnant women, such as salami, raw ham and offal. And it won’t come as a surprise to hear that: Pregnant women should give up alcohol and nicotine completely.
Eating for two? Stop! Pregnancy isn’t an excuse to gross out. In fact, your energy requirement is only slightly increased throughout the entire pregnancy. Expectant mothers should consume around 255 calories a day more than usual. That’s equivalent to adding half a litre of unskimmed milk or an open sandwich to the daily menu. It’s quality, not quantity that counts: minerals, vitamins and trace elements are more important than ever now.