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Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

I’ve heard I should eat more fiber while I’m pregnant. Why and which foods are best?

Re: I’ve heard I should eat more fiber while I’m pregnant. Why and which foods are best?

The Bump Expert

Fiber is a pregnant girl’s buddy. It keeps everything moving through the large intestine, and fights against all-too-common constipation. Also, fiber-rich foods are usually nutrient-dense, meaning they fill you up without adding tons of calories. Shoot for 25 to 35 grams a day, and drink plenty of water to help the fiber move through your system. Veggies are a great choice. Go for crunchy (like carrots and celery) and cruciferous (like broccoli and cauliflower). Legumes and most fruits are also good sources. If veggies and beans make you gassy (and they probably will) try whole grain breads and cereals. These also contain lots of fiber but may be easier to digest. Avoid white foods like pasta, rice and non-whole grain bread.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

Hemp hearts are amazing for this. Not only are they great for reducing constipation, but they also contain an abundance of amino acids, carotene, vitamins C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, calcium, postassium, magnesium and iron. I have recently started eating 5 tbsp of hemp hearts on my fruit for breakfast, and have not had any constipation issues since. I would highly recommend this to everyone, and they are likely available at your local health food stores.

raynathompson |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

I add Hemp protein to my smoothies every morning, has fiber and protein among a bunch of other nutrients! I've never heard of hemp hearts I'll have to check out my local market.

CBizakis420 |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

Whole grains and apples.

Katymiller123 |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

All Bran Cereal is really good!

awicks |