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6 Pregnancy Healthy Snacks For The Third Trimester
By the third trimester, you've grown so much that you can't keep your impending arrival a secret, and your baby is going through rapid growth as well. What you eat during the last three months of your pregnancy supports the continued development of your unborn baby, so it's essential that you choose nutrient-dense foods that supply the vitamins and minerals she needs to grow.
Protein-Packed Chicken Salad
A protein-packed chicken salad tossed with a bunch of vegetables is an ideal snack for your third trimester. Protein is essential for the growth and development of your baby’s body throughout your pregnancy journey, so it is particularly important to have a protein-rich diet during the second and third trimesters when your baby is growing relatively fast.
Chicken Salad - google image
Sugar-Free Muesli with Fruits Toppings
Muesli, which is an extremely good source of fibre, vitamins, and protein, is a great snacking choice during pregnancy. You can top it with fresh fruits like kiwis, bananas, or mangoes according to your taste. Mangoes are not just tasty but contain beneficial nutrients like vitamin c and folate and are a good addition to your snacking choice.
Sugar-Free Muesli with Fruits Toppings - google image
It is during the third trimester that your baby’s brain actively develops. Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acid, which helps in the growth and development of your baby’s brain and nervous system. Indulge in a well-grilled salmon sandwich at least once a week to meet your omega 3 fatty acid requirements. You may include your choice of vegetables to add fibre to your snack. Note that salmons should be thoroughly cooked to kill parasites and bacteria and consumed in limited amounts to rule out intake of excess mercury which may hamper the growth of the baby.
Salmon Sandwich - google image
Ripe papayas are a great source of vitamin C, fibre, potassium, and folic acid. They also help in preventing constipation and heartburn that are common during the third trimester. Unripe papayas, however, should not be eaten as they contain pepsin, an enzyme that can induce contraction of the uterus and early labour. Papayas should be consumed in moderate amounts.
Ripe Papaya - google image
Green smoothies are a terrific source of fibre, calcium, vitamins, magnesium, and potassium. Blend a bunch of spinach with water or, if you prefer, coconut water and add other ingredients like mint and ginger to enhance the taste. You can also add a variety of fruits like pineapple, mango, orange or banana to give a different twist to the smoothie.
Green Smoothies - google image
Dried fruits as well as portable fresh fruits and nuts are some of the healthiest pregnancy snacks and should be your main snacking choices as they can be easily carried along. Add raisins, cherries, walnut, almond, cranberries, and peaches to your choices of dried fruits and nuts. Raisins may not look quite appealing but are a great source of magnesium, iron, and vitamins. Walnuts are also a good source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids and are quite high in fibre.
Dried Fruits and Nuts - google image
Source: SF Gate, Parenting Firstcry