A-list celebs might do everything they can to avoid them, but carbs are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet, particularly now you’re pregnant. That’s why low-carb diets, for example Atkins or South Beach, aren’t a good idea for expectant mums.
Why carbs now?
A diet without complex carbohydrates tends to be low in the nutrients your baby needs, including folic acid and other crucial vitamins and minerals. It also tends to lack fibre, which is rich in all those B vitamins you need right now and helps combat constipation and morning sickness.
Carbohydrates are also an important source of energy, which you will need plenty of while your baby grows.
How to eat smart carbs
If you’re concerned about weight gain, the key is to eat complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, pulses, and vegetables. These take longer to digest, so you feel full longer, and are packed with plenty of essential nutrients. Meanwhile, carbs you can avoid are the ‘simple’ variety like white sugar and flour (so that’s biscuits, cakes, chocolate…) and fizzy drinks, which are burned up too quickly and are empty calories anyway.
Now tell us what worked for you…
What did you eat during your pregnancy?