Celebrity Pregnancy Diets

Ever wondered what kind of diets celebrities follow while pregnant? Celebrities have a lot of pressure to lose weight after giving birth, so are particularly careful to follow a strict pregnancy diet, but we found some great ideas for healthy meal plans that don’t sacrifice on calories or flavour.

Read on to learn a few celebrity pregnancy diet tips.

Kate Middleton

Kate has always followed a healthy diet and fitness regimen, so it is no surprise that she carried that mindset with her during pregnancy. She based her diet around healthy proteins such as cod, turkey and chicken. Snacks included nuts and fresh fruit. Kate also gave up coffee during her pregnancy, which is something most doctors recommended for all pregnant women.

Sophie Dahl

During her pregnancy, Sophie craved and ate lots of pineapple. This wonderful fruit has many great health benefits likeminimising the effects of morning sickness, but be cautious about overdoing it as it’s high in acid which can be too strong for a sensitive digestive system. Sophie is also big on eating sustainable foods that are grown organically, so take a cue from Sophie and ditch processed foods and opts for fresh, organic ingredients.

Mel B.

When Mel B. was pregnant with her third baby, she followed a pregnancy diet that was high in protein and not carbs. Her breakfasts usually consisted of protein-rich foods like turkey, eggs and avocados. For lunch, she ate a small salad with a side of fish or chicken. Mel turned to fresh fruit during snack time and substituted herbal tea for her usual cups of coffee.

Victoria Beckham

During each of her pregnancies, Victoria stuck to a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids. One of her staple foods was smoked salmon, which contains lots of healthy fats that are important for fetal development. She also avoided junk food and foods that have high amounts of sugar or sodium. Her biggest indulgence was an occasional piece of toast with jam.

Jennifer Lopez

While pregnant with her twins, Jennifer followed a modified version of her normal diet and fitness regimen. She ate lots of egg whites, Greek yogurt, vegetables, fruit and lean proteins such as tuna, chicken and turkey.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Normally, Gwyneth follows a very stringent macrobiotic diet and regularly goes on juice cleanses. However, during her pregnancy with Apple, the actress found herself binging on fries and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Lily Allen

Not all celebrity mothers are concerned about gaining weight while pregnant. Lily Allen followed a healthy meal plan during her pregnancy, but also allowed herself to indulge in her favourite foods like curry and caramel biscuits whenever she had a craving.

Healthy Pregnancy Diet

Being pregnant is one the most exciting times of your life, but it is essential that you make it a healthy time too. Eating the right foods (and avoiding certain foods) will help ensure that you get all the vitamins and nutrients that you and your baby need, so follow these pregnancy diet tips.

What to eat
While pregnant women are known for having out-of-control cravings, there are a few foods that they should strive to eat to ensure a healthy pregnancy diet. While it’s okay to have the odd burger or pizza to satisfy a craving, you should also strive to eat nutrient-rich, healthy foods as well so that you and your baby gets all the benefits of such foods.
Some of the types of foods that you should try to eat to foster a good pregnancy diet include the following:• Foods rich in folic acid and other B vitamins
Examples of such foods include asparagus, green leafy vegetables, legumes and fortified foods. Folic acid helps reduce the risk that your baby will have nueral tube defects, B6 helps generate antibodies and red blood cells and B12 helps build your baby’s brain and nervous system.
• Foods rich in iron
Iron is the essential nutrient used to make red blood cells, which are necessary for carrying oxygen to the placenta. Orange juice, lean proteins and cereal are examples of foods rich in iron.
• Foods with high levels of calcium
Calcium is essential for building strong bones and teeth, especially for babies. Pregnant mommies-to-be who don’t get enough calcium while they’re pregnant could have their babies tap into their own calcium reserves, which could increase their risk for weak bones and osteoporosis later on. Cheese, milk and yogurt are examples of calcium-rich foods.
• Foods packed with Omega-3s
Omega-3s are fatty acids that contain DHA that is essential in helping build a baby’s brain and advance a baby’s eye development. DHA is also shown to lead to a decreased risk in premature births. Fish, nuts, leafy greens and DHA-fortified eggs are examples of foods rich in Omega-3s.Food to avoid
Of course, just as there are certain foods that you should try to consume more of, there are also substances that you should avoid when you’re pregnant. Examples of some of the substances you should not consume when you’re pregnant include the following:• Alcohol
There’s no definite measure on how much alcohol is safe to drink, so it’s best to avoid it altogether when pregnant.
• Caffeine
No more than 300mg per day.
• Seafood with high levels of mercury
Shark, swordfish, white snapper, king mackerel

• Raw fish
Shellfish, oysters, clams
• Soft cheeses
Brie, feta a blue-veined cheeses that aren’t pasteurised

What foods did you crave when pregnant?

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