Roughage, Fibre, Bran – whatever you like to call it, it all does the same job to keep your insides healthy and is very important now during your pregnancy.
As your baby bump grows it can put pressure on your insides, making you feel uncomfortable and can lead to constipation if your bowel is affected. So make sure you choose high fibre foods every day to prevent any problems.
When you think of fibre, think fruit and vegetables and brown food
When you think of fibre, think fruit and vegetables and brown foods – so lots of wholegrain cereals, wholegrain breads, brown rice, wholemeal pasta and baked potatoes in their jackets. Porridge is also a great source of fibre and can keep you feeling full till lunchtime. These foods contain lots of fibre which will help you to feel fuller for longer and help to keep your insides working like clockwork.
So for breakfast, how about a high fibre cereal topped with chopped banana or a warming bowl of porridge crowned with blueberries? Delicious.
When it comes to lunch, go for nutty, wholegrain breads more often then white to top up your fibre levels. And try to add lots of salad vegetables in your sandwich or on the side – a colourful way to boost fibre intakes.
And when it comes to dinner time, start to make the change to brown rice and pasta or eat your baked potato skins – and of course, fill half your plate with a range of colourful vegetables, an essential for vitamins and fibre each day.
And finally, fibre and fluid go hand in hand, so do drink 8 glasses of water each day to help the fibre work effectively – you will feel the benefits.
If you need some more ideas on how to get more fibre into your diet give one of our Nutritionists a call.