Most vegetables contain vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, minerals, folate and other important nutrients during pregnancy. Vegetables also contain fiber to aid digestion and they help prevent constipation.
What to eat: Try to eat five portions of vegetables every day. These can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. To eliminate any harmful pesticides and herbicides, such as paraquat, thoroughly wash all vegetables before you eat them:
- Water mimosa
- Morning glory
What to eat with consideration:
- Cooked sprouts. Be sure to wash and cook sprouts thoroughly before eating.
What to avoid:
- Unwashed vegetables (pesticides, such as paraquat, can be very harmful for your developing child)
- Raw sprouts including: alfalfa, clover, radish, mung bean, soy beans, sunflower
- Vegetable pâtés
- Vegetables during pregnancy - Mayo clinic (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/pregnancy-nutrition/art-20046955)
- Vegetables during pregnancy - National Health Service (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/healthy-pregnancy-diet/#fruit-and-vegetables-in-pregnancy)