Nutrition during pregnancy
Author: All-Bran | 18.05.2015
Your food habits are bound to change during your pregnancy. But did you know your digestion is likely to change too? Your tummy might become sluggish and uncomfortable, and nearly half of expectant mums will struggle with constipation. The best way to tackle your sluggish digestion during pregnancy is to eat more high-fibre foods and drink plenty of water.
The natural wheat bran found across the Kellogg’s All-Bran range can help to move things along, easing constipation. That’s because it absorbs nearly four-times its weight in water and bulks up, easing the passage of food through your digestive system.
"In the UK and Ireland, the recommended fibre intake for pregnant women is exactly the same as for other women – 25g per day. Other countries, like the USA and Australia, say you should eat around 28-30g. All-Bran Original contains natural wheat bran fibre, with 11g in every tasty bowl."
Why should pregnant women eat more wheat bran fibre?
Choosing foods that provide an extra 8-10g natural wheat bran fibre each day could help to keep your digestive system happy and healthy during pregnancy and beyond. Remember to drink plenty of water. To do its job properly, fibre needs to absorb liquid.
A tasty All-Bran breakfast is a great way to start the day. But why not try out some of our other delicious recipes too? With ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and desserts, our high-fibre food ideas will keep your tummy and your taste buds happy.
Other tips to boost your digestive health during pregnancy include:
Breakfast is an ideal occasion to eat plenty of natural wheat bran fibre, so eat it every day.
Leave the skin on your fruit and vegetables. The best bits are locked in their high-fibre coats.
Make a delicious smoothie instead of drinking juice.
Sneak in as many vegetables as you can. Serve extra veggies with dinner, pack a salad for lunch, or add beans and pulses to soups and casseroles.
Dried fruit and nuts are a tasty high-fibre snack, and they’re handy when you’re on-the-go, too.
Fluids are your friends. Make sure you’re always drinking two litres of water a day. And don’t wait until you’re thirsty!
Add fibre to your diet bit by bit, to give your body time to adjust.
Keep active. Even gentle movements like walking help to move everything through your system, easing tummy niggles.
"Healthy eating for pregnancy and breastfeeding are, in essence, similar to healthy eating at any other life stage. During pregnancy, the requirement for some vitamins and minerals increases."
10g of wheat bran fibre per day helps reduce digestive transit time. ALL-BRAN contains at least 3-6g wheat bran fibre per serve. Enjoy as part of a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.