Good Mood Pregnancy (or Stressed Out) Food
posted by: Guest Blogger
Being pregnant takes a lot of physical, mental and emotional energy – so does parenting!
If you are currently pregnant, Kids in the House shares foods you can eat to help manage your mood. If you are just a stressed-out parent, eating these foods may help you too!
- Wild Salmon, Mackerel, Herring
Cold water fish are low in mercury and contain important omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to be effective in stabilizing moods, relieving anxiety and aiding in healthy sleep. Omega-3s are also great for baby’s brain development!
Asparagus is rich in fiber and has diuretic properties that can help improve your digestion and metabolism during pregnancy. It also contains the most folic acid of any vegetable, which is incredibly important in helping prevent birth defects and ensuring proper fetal development.
Easy to make and incredible versatile, eggs are the perfect pregnancy food. They are also a cost effective way to get high quality protein – even the most expensive eggs cost less than one dollar a piece. Eggs are rich in amino acids, which are great for overall feelings of wellbeing. They are also high in choline, which is excellent your your baby’s brain development and helps prevent neural tube defects.
- Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are high in potassium, which helps the body regulate sodium levels and high blood pressure. The Vitamin E in sunflower seeds can help prevent blood clots, inflammation and swelling. They are also high in folic acid and contain phytochemicals that strengthen the immune system. The phosphorous and minerals in sunflower seeds help your baby build strong bones.