Benefits of Fiber Rich Foods during Pregnancy

During pregnancy days, most expectant mothers experience both craving and aversion for food – one of the joys of pregnancy. This is the time where you are expected to eat for two but still manage the right body weight along with various discomforts such as heart burn, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation, heamorrhoids etc.

Gynecologists and nutritionists advise expectant mothers to have a healthy balanced diet throughout pregnancy. Out of various nutritional food diets, fiber rich food plays an important role in easing some of your pregnancy discomforts.

Fiber controls constipation

It helps to avoid constipation during pregnancy. The pregnancy hormone, progesterone will loosen the smooth muscles throughout the body, including the digestive system. This leads to constipation in pregnant women which is a common symptom and it may get worse by the intake of iron supplements. The insoluble fiber is the roughage which is not digested but instead cleans the intestine floor by enabling smooth passage through the digestive tract, thereby avoiding constipation.

Fiber lowers the cholesterol level

The soluble fiber forms a gel like substance in the digestive tract and slows down the digestion of sugar and starch, thereby controlling the cholesterol level in pregnant women. The intake of fiber rich diet can also help expectant mothers to avoid gestational diabetes during pregnancy.

Whole grain fiber controls blood pressure

The high fiber diet especially from whole grains can control increased blood pressure, inflation and risks of heart failure, so it is advisable to have fiber rich food during pregnancy.

Foods High in Fiber

Whole grains, brown rice, wheat, nuts and dry fruits such as almonds, vegetables such as beans, French beans, broccoli, spinach, carrot and cabbage, fruits such as papaya, pineapple, apple, peaches, pear, berries etc., are rich in fiber.

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