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Eggs During Pregnancy

6 reasons you should eat them when expecting.

Eggs During Pregnancy

Now that you're expecting, you're probably thinking very carefully about what you are eating, and for good reasons. After all, what you put in your system is the main source of nutrients for your baby, and protein, iron and choline are especially important for his or her development. So if you want to get your pregnancy nutrition off to a good start, you should add a couple of superfoods to your diet. Eggs are one of them.

That's right. Though they've sustained a bad rep for years (especially if you've been diagnosed with high cholesterol), eggs are actually packed with protein, healthy fats, iron, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids and, when fully cooked or pasteurized, are a great food to eat on the daily when expecting.

Here are 6 reasons you should eat eggs during pregnancy.

1. They can help stabilize your blood sugars. Eggs are low in carbohydrates. This is especially important if you've been diagnosed with gestational diabetes or have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic since you'll want to primarily eat foods with a low glycemic index.

2. They promote baby's overall development. Since the amino acids contained in protein are the building blocks of our bodies' cells, it's important that you eat protein-rich food to help your baby develop normally. A pregnant women should get 40 to 70 grams of protein, and one egg contains 7 gram. So eating 2 hardboiled eggs a day is an easy way to up your protein intake without adding fat to your diet. Plus, eating a protein-rich diet can help you keep your blood sugar levels stable.

3. They promote baby's brain development. Eggs are rich in the mineral choline and in Omega 3 fatty acids, both of which are crucial to brain development. It can thus help prevent neural tube defects in vitro.

4. They will help prevent anemia. If you want to feel energized throughout your pregnancy, you need to keep your iron intake up. Your body uses iron to make extra blood for you and your baby during pregnancy. So it's important that you eat enough of it so as not to feel tired. Plus, it helps move oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body -- and to your baby's.

5. They are versatile. There are so many ways to cook and enjoy eggs, you probably will never tire of them! But if you need a little inspiration, here are a few ways you can cook them during pregnancy: hard boiled, soft boiled, poached, over medium, fried, scrambled, or an omelet. Just avoid using them in smoothies or in any raw to avoid food borne illnesses.

6. They are sustainable. Organic and cage-free eggs are usually available at most farmer’s markets or at your grocery store, and they should be labeled as such. If you participate in community-supported agriculture, you’ll likely receive them through weekly deliveries. During pregnancy, opt for organic eggs to ensure maximum quality nutrition.

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