When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was incredibly "aware" of my body. I wanted to protect that little life, to nurture the little miracle that was growing inside of me day-by-day. I knew that nutrition was part of that equation, but I wasn't sure exactly what that meant. Fruits and veggies? Of course! Whole grains and natural food products? Definitely! But I also wanted to know what foods were prohibited and what foods were best for my baby's little body and brain.
To help any pregnant moms out there, I interviewed Leslie Sagalowicz Barber, Bellybar’s co-founder, about nutrition during pregnancy and about their BellyBar product.
1. What foods are "taboo" during pregnancy?
We have a terrific article on our website about nutrition during pregnancy. It can be found here. If you scroll down, you’ll see those foods that are not recommended. In a nutshell, the following should be avoided: raw meat or fish, raw eggs, soft cheese, large fish, large amounts of caffeine, alcohol, and smoking. As always, women should talk with a nutritionist about their particular nutritional needs!
2. Should moms and moms-to-be eat Bellybars as a snack or a meal?
Bellybar is meant to be a snack, not a meal-replacement. Pregnant women need an additional 300 calories, and nursing women need an additional 600 calories in their diet. Bellybar can provide a healthy and tasty 160-180 calorie snack that is packed with key nutrients like protein, DHA, calcium, folic acid, iron and more!
3. Are certain Bellybars designed for new moms and others designed for moms-to-be...or do they all fall under the same category?
They all fall under the same category – pre, during and post. Basically, the nutrients in Bellybar are good for women while they are trying to conceive, while they are pregnant, and while they are nursing.
4. What healthy snacks do you recommend for new moms who usually only have one hand free and who are too sleep-deprived to spend much time in the kitchen?
Well, a Bellybar of course! They fit perfectly in the pockets of the Boppy or My Brest Friend. So, while she’s nursing, she can pull one out and enjoy a bite. One new mom told me that she keeps a box of Bellybars and a stack of water bottles next to her glider so that she can munch and hydrate at the same time.
BellyBars are available in four delicious flavors: Mellow Oat (Oat Graham and Almonds), Baby Needs Chocolate (Chocolate Toffee Crisp), Berry Nutty Cravings (Crunchy Nuts & Berries), and Burstin' Chocolate (Deep Chocolate Orange). They can be found at Wild Oats, Whole Foods Market, Target, Babies-R-Us, Motherhood Maternity, and other select retailers in the U.S. They can also be purchased directly from the NutraBella website.
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