- For growth and repair of every cell in your body and your baby’s body
- For building strong bones and muscles
- For making antibodies that play a role in immunity keeping you well
- To feel satiated and full after a meal – why go hungry?
Insufficient protein not only restricts the growth of your baby but can compromise how well nourished your baby is at birth.
Examples of high-protein foods are:
- Meat, poultry, fish
- Hard cheeses, cottage or ricotta cheese
- Plain yogurt including the Greek-style and milk
- Nuts/seeds and natural nut butters
- Beans and legumes
A minimum of 70 grams of protein per day is needed during pregnancy, which can easily be achieved with an average sized chicken breast, a cup of plain Greek-style yogurt, 2 eggs and ½ cup of beans.
Protein can help with energy during pregnancy, improved mood and great sleep all adding up to improved health and well-being – and what can be better than that?