Being pregnant can't be easy. Sure, there's the upside of getting to eat for two people without getting weird looks from judgemental bystanders, and it's the only time when someone rubs your large belly and tells you you're doing so well, they're not being a jerk.
At the same time, though, you've got morning sickness, back pains and an increased focus on your diet; if it's not good for baby, mommy can't eat it either. Even if you're a celebrity like Khloé Kardashian. Ahead of the birth of her first child, Khloé shared nine foods recommended by her nutritionist Dr Philip Goglia which will help any expecting mom be the best they can be.
1. Fatty fish
Of course, many pregnant women out there will be wary of eating fish during their term, well aware of the dangers of mercury levels to their baby. But Dr Philip Goglie recommends eating one of the fattier fish with lower levels of mercury, such as salmon, black cod, arctic char or sea bass. "You increase your intake of omega fatty acids, which helps with deeper sleep, increased growth-hormone release and a reduction of inflammation," Khloé reveals.
2. Single ingredient starches
With an entire human growing inside you, any pregnancy is bound to put a physical toll on an expecting mom, but with the right foods, Khloé can benefit from enough energy to keep up the intense workout she gets up to while waiting for her baby to arrive. Try potatoes, brown rice, yams or sweet potatoes, or if you're feeling fancy, oatmeal, oat flakes, quinoa and lentils. "These are your energy-source friends, many of which have anti-inflammatory benefits as well," Khloé says on behalf of her nutritionist.
3. Lean red meat
For Khloé Kardashian, eating lean red meat (especially in the evening) will help out a heck of a lot the next morning, when you get a nice boost in energy to help with your morning workout. I'll let Khloé herself explain the science-y bits: "Red meat is also a source of iron that will increase hematocrit levels (the percentage of red blood cells in your blood), resulting in improved endurance capacity for your cardio training sessions."
4. Dark leafy vegetables
If you're looking to stay healthy, Khloé says this is an absolute "must", whether you're pregnant or just trying to lose a little bit of weight. Why's that, Khloé? "The iron content of foods like asparagus, spinach, kale and rapini will increase the oxygen in your red blood cells, which will increase your endurance when working out and provide you with consistent energy."
"Lean meats like chicken and turkey breast are a great source of protein for tissue repair," says Khloé, but that doesn't mean you should stop reading this article to head to your nearest branch of KFC. Fried chicken doesn't count, people. You don't get a free pass, even if you're with child. Khloé suggests: "instead, try broiling, grilling, poaching, steaming or baking." Don't worry, it's still delicious that way. I promise.
6. Some fresh fruit
Of course, for any healthy diet, it's really important to get yourself some fruits and vegetables in there on a regular basis. When choosing fruit to munch down on for a cool snack, Khloé has one rule of thumb: the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. Or something like that. "Generally the darker the fruit, the better—however, all are great choices for your metabolism, immunity and energy," she recommends.
7. Whole eggs
What an eggs-cellent idea! As Khloé Kardashian reveals, eggs are one of the most protein-rich natural foods out there, and for that extra boost, you could do a lot, lot worse. "Eggs are one of the most protein-rich natural foods, giving you approximately 70 to 90 calories of healthy fat and protein," she says.
For anybody, whether you're young, old, or somewhere in between, drinking enough water is vital. There are some pretty horrific things that can happen to you if you don't watch your water intake, and if you live a pretty active life, Khloé (along with Dr Goglia) recommends about an ounce of water for every one pound of body weight. "For an active lifestyle, drink up to one ounce of water per one pound of body weight," says the 33-year-old, while also reminding us to stay away from sparkling, mineral or tonic water.
Finally, for a fantastically nutritious snack to fit in around your lean meats, leafy vegetables and copious amounts of water drinking, Khloé's nutritionist says you should try nuts; and not just for their incredible energy and protein reserves. "Studies show that the heart-healthy legumes also help keep your cholesterol down, lower levels of heart disease-causing inflammation, improve the health of your artery lining and reduce your risk of developing blood clots that can lead to a heart attack," Khloé Kardashian says. Well, isn't that neat? You might as well go nuts.
Well, everyone, I hope you've picked up a few pointers from Khloé Kardashian's pregnancy diet. Carrying a baby for so long can be tough, but if you're eating the right things, you can make it a little easier for yourself. There are a lot of dieting fads out there for pregnant moms, but if it's good enough for Khloé Kardashian, it's good enough for you, right?