Moms want what’s best for baby, but with a dizzying amount of nutrition information out there, it can be a challenge to know what to put on the table. Natural Solutions magazine solved this dilemma in their women’s wellness issue. Registered dietitian nutritionist Felicia Stoler, DCN, MS, RDN, FACSM, FAND provided tips for moms-to-be such as how much to eat, which nutrients to boost and what foods to avoid for a healthy pregnancy. We were overjoyed when Stoler shared her appreciation for fiber supplements and mentioned our gluten-free Sunfiber.
What to eat during pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time of increased responsibility. “You should be aware that everything you consume will be shared with your baby,” wrote Stoler. She added that while expectant moms are eating for two, the developing fetus doesn’t need as many calories as an adult. “The current recommendation for additional calories needed to enhance the development of a fetus is 300 calories per day,” she explained.
A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and proteins will help your body get the nutrients it needs. Folate (folic acid) is especially important as it helps prevent the development of neural tube defects.
Soothing pregnancy-related digestive issues
Many moms-to-be suffer with constipation during pregnancy which may be remedied by diet changes. “Fiber is an important component in the diet because it helps to move waste through the intestine,” wrote Stoler. “Women need at least 27 grams of fiber each day which can be tough to get from just fruits and vegetables. That is why I am a huge fan of fiber supplements, especially a non-gluten fiber, like Sunfiber. A great combination of Sunfiber and probiotics is found in Regular Girl.”
One scoop of Sunfiber provides six grams of clinically proven soluble fiber. Unlike other fiber supplements, all-natural Sunfiber mixes cleanly in water, juice and coffee. It can even be stirred into foods or used in recipes. There’s no change in flavor, odor, color or texture. Plus, there are no uncomfortable side effects such as gas or bloating. Sunfiber helps move food through the gut at just the right speed. “It is a regulating fiber that can be added to anything,” Stoler added. “Most importantly, it is safe to use during pregnancy.”