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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?

I've been eating high-fiber cereal for breakfast each morning my entire pregnancy. I'm 21 weeks and have had no problems so far. I've also been eating lots of fresh and dried fruits.

mommy510 |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

Something else I have read about and found this article that seems helpful too. I know there is a ton of questionable information about there, but overall I see no downside to taking extra fiber or eating high-fiber food. Hope this info helps you too.. "Eating extra fiber during pregnancy may help prevent preeclampsia, a serious condition characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine during pregnancy, a new study reports. Preeclampsia can cause serious complications, such as low birth weight and nervous system damage in the infant and kidney problems, seizures, stroke, breathing problems and even death in the mother. Researchers, led by Chunfang Qiu, analyzed 1,538 women with uncomplicated pregnancies. They collected data on their fiber intake over a three-month period before and during early pregnancy. A total of 64 women developed preeclampsia. Women who reportedly ate at least 21.2 grams of total fiber a day were 67 percent less likely to develop preeclampsia than women who ate less than 11.9 grams daily. The authors found that with every five-gram increase in daily fiber intake, which is the equivalent to about two slices of whole-grain bread, the risk of preeclampsia reduced by about 14 percent. The decreased risk was still observed after the scientists allowed for other factors commonly linked to preeclampsia, including age, race, ethnicity, number of pregnancies, body weight before pregnancy and total energy intake. The authors also found that triglyceride levels decreased by an average of nearly 12 points and high-density lipoproteins ("good" cholesterol) increased more than 2.6 points compared to women who ate the least fiber."

JulietBair |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

I'm almost 22 weeks and have been eating Quaker Oats Fiber Oatmeal (Maple and Brown Sugar) for breakfast almost every day. Each pack had 10 grams of fiber and I will eat two in the morning. It works so well for me that I even took a few packs with me when I went out of town for a few days and stayed with some friends. I still ate what they fixed me but just added at least a pack of these miracle oats.

Charlissa0922 |