Pregnant?? Carbs or no carbs during pregnancy.

Carbohydrates intake during pregnancy

When you are pregnant do not go low on carbohydrates. They give you energy and can prove an important source of fibre and other nutrients. About half of your calories should come from carbs.

What are carbohydrates?

Carbs are the main source of energy in your diet. The body breaks them down into simple sugars like glucose, so that it can easily pass through the placenta and provide energy to your growing baby during pregnancy.

“Your carbohydrate intake should be around 1/3rd of your daily intake.”

Choose the right carb

Carbohydrates, especially sugars, are broken down quickly by the body which can further cause a rapid increase in blood glucose and insulin levels. These are known as high GI foods. GI is Glycaemic index which is a rating system that indicates how quickly the food affects your blood sugar.

High GI foods- Foods that are easily broken down by the body include:
  • white bread,
  • white rice,
  • sugary foods such as cakes and biscuits,
  • potatoes
Low GI foods- Foods that are slowly broken down by the body include:
  • Bananas
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Porridge made from rolled oats
  • Chickpeas and other pulses
  • Wholegrain breads, cereals and pasta

Low GI foods are considered to be healthier than the high GI foods and should be chosen over-refined, high GI options where ever possible.

A diet that has healthy starches can help you in keeping your blood sugar levels steady. Such diet will further reduce the risk of gestational diabetes and other pregnancy complications

A wise way to boost your energy is to eat wide range of slow-release, fibre-rich low GI carbohydrates, along with some higher GI foods in a balanced way.

Last but not the least, add the below- mentioned foods to your shopping list for getting carbohydrates rich diet:

  • Rice
  • Wholemeal pasta
  • Wholemeal bread
  • Noodles
  • Maize
  • Oats
  • Cereal
  • Potato/sweet potato/yams

Pregnancy is a very crucial time. Make sure you take care of your diet very well.

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