Pregnancy week by week
At 19 weeks pregnant, you may get frequent heartburn, as the uterus moves up against your abdomen. The decrease in food movement through digestive tract, allows the nutrients to reach the growing fetus efficiently. If you are finding trouble with heartburn, you should eat small meals, several times during the day. Here we specify best foods to eat at 19 weeks pregnant.
Calcium is necessary for muscle contraction, nerve transmissions and also for strong bones and teeth. Calcium is also required for the development of your baby’s skeleton, so you should ensure that you eat lots of calcium rich foods like canned fish containing bones and dairy products. Woman’s body during pregnancy becomes highly efficient in extracting calcium from consumed food.
The foods that are high in calcium content include almonds, dried apricots, cheese, baked beans, chickpeas, soy milk, canned fish, yogurt and spinach. Choose low-fat dairy foods as well as non-dairy calcium rich foods for a well balanced diet, which also keeps your fat intake low.
Choose fortified soy milk, fruits, or fruit based smoothies for snacks, which are a great choice. Almonds, dried apricots and cottage cheese, low in fat, can be taken as snacks, which help in boosting the calcium intake. Have desserts which contain fruit. At bedtime, if you feel hungry, have some milk or herbal tea. You should make sure that you also drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Your baby requires a supply of vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids and calcium. Pregnant women should consume milk fortified with vitamin D each day. Fish is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, as well as vitamin D. Milk, eggs and green vegetables are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids.