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The Benefits of Chia Seeds During Pregnancy
The creation and the journey towards the birth of your child is incredible, but it does take a toll on the body. With mothers-to-be suffering from nausea, upset stomachs and lower energy, it is beneficial for new mothers to consume the food and drinks that will soothe pregnancy sickness symptoms and provide the much needed energy boost that is needed.
Chia seeds are a modern day superfood that are reputed to provide massive amounts of nutrients and sustainable energy that's needed during
pregnancy. Chia is a natural ‘whole grain’ food that is GMO free. And although
these seeds are tiny, they do provide a powerful nutritional punch!
It's not surprising that the name Chia is derived from the Mayan word for ‘Strength’, because every 2 tablespoons (28g) of Chia seeds contain:
Fibre: 11 grams.
Protein: 4 grams.
Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
Additionally, Chia seeds also contain Zinc, Niacin, Potassium, Thiamine and Vitamin B2. They are also loaded with lots of anti-oxidants and are high in fibre and protein.
How can Chia seeds benefit me during my pregnancy?
They may assist the overall health of both the mother and the baby and can help reduce nausea and stomach upsets.
They can cut down on the cravings!
Chia seeds are an easy alternative that may help with the cravings, morning sickness and the natural development for the baby.
Replenish the lost nutrients from your pregnancy via Chia seeds
During pregnancy (especially in the final 3 months of pregnancy), mothers can lose a lot of essential nutrients that’s required.
It is important that nutrients and minerals are maintained at an adequate level to help the baby’s skeletal, red blood cells and bone health development.
Mothers can be replenished with Chia seeds that might help to provide essential minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron and niacin.
You can give yourself a natural energy boost!
The Chia seeds can slow down the process of converting sugars and carbohydrates from the seeds into energy. The slow burning process combined with the high protein content leads to a sustained energy boost!
They are easy to incorporate into your daily diet
You can easily incorporate Chia seeds into your daily diet by sprinkling the seeds onto porridge, to include them into smoothies or add them to baked goods such as breads and cakes. You can also have them added to cookies like we have in our Pregnancy Cookies to consume as an ‘on the go’ snack for when you need those additional minerals and nutrients for that extra energy boost.
We recommend including Chia seeds into your diet as soon as possible to help you and your baby receive the nutrients and minerals needed for a healthy pregnancy and beyond because Chia seeds may help your body receive overall health benefits and energy too!