Presented By Fiber One
There are many things that you learn during your formative years about pregnancy. You learn how you become pregnant, how you can avoid becoming pregnant you hear that pregnancy lasts nine months and you're told pregnancy is the best time of your life.
The reality is a bit different. The fact is that counting the month you conceive, pregnancy lasts for 10 months and while it can be a great time, it comes with many changes and adjustments.
One of the biggest complaints of pregnancy is that of gaining weight. Although you're eating for two, many women find themselves gaining more than their doctor's recommendation of 20-30 pounds. Soon it's hard to lumber around with a baby on board and you begin to feel some of the other changes in your body.
Weight gain, heartburn, constipation and indigestion are common problems during pregnancy. Much of this may be caused by progesterone, a hormone produced during pregnancy that helps to relax the stomach muscles for baby's growth. However, progesterone can lead to indigestion and constipation. Doctors recommend getting adequate amounts of fiber during pregnancy to help alleviate these symptoms.
Here are three "B's" for adding fiber to your diet:
- Beans: All varieties with navy beans among the highest fiber
- Berries: Including blackberries, strawberries and raspberries
- Bars: High-fiber snacks like Fiber One Oats & Chocolate Bars
The benefits don't stop there. "In addition to curbing irregularity, fiber offers other pregnancy benefits as well," sites Elisa Zied, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., a registered dietician and author of Feed Your Family Right (Wiley).
Studies have also shown getting more than 21 grams of fiber a day during the first trimester can reduce your risk for preeclampsia, a condition associated with high-blood pressure, by up to two-thirds. In addition, research continues to support a link between a high-fiber diet and a lowered risk of getting cervical and ovarian cancers.
So while we can't do anything to change the fact that pregnancy lasts 10-months, we can tell you that grabbing a Fiber one bar (or two, or three) can offer at least a little digestive relief to make the time pass more easily.