Tearing up at every ad on TV? Run out of the only biscuits that help ease your nausea? Or just having a low day?
The ups and downs of pregnancy can leave you feeling a bit blue at times. But, the key to perking yourself up could be on your plate.
Several studies have shown that omega-3 found in oily fish such as mackerel and salmon can help beat depression. Just make sure to limit your oily fish intake during pregnancy to around two portions a week to avoid including too much mercury in your diet.
This leafy green is stocked with folic acid – a B vitamin that has been found to boost mood. It also contains an antioxidant that works to protect your brain cells from free radicals, which can lead to low energy and mood swings.
Brazil nuts are one of the most concentrated food sources of the mineral selenium – being deficient in this can lead to feelings of hostility, irritability, anxiety, and depression. People participating in a survey who ate a diet high in selenium felt more confident and clear headed.
Just two or three squares of dark chocolate encourages our body to release serotonin – aka the ‘happy hormone’. It’s also high in magnesium, a mineral that calms your muscles and reduces anxiety.
What’s more, a Finnish study found that women who ate dark chocolate daily while pregnant were more likely to report having content babies. Do you really need another excuse?
Lentils are a fantastic way of stabilising your blood sugar levels, which means you’re less likely to have mood swings. They can also help to boost iron levels making you feel more energised and less run-down.
Bananas are packed full of Vitamin B6 and tryptophan, both of which help to raise your body’s serotonin levels. This not only fights feelings of anxiety but helps to improve sleep and combat stress. Plus, they make for the perfect snack to satisfy your pregnancy cravings.
Carbohydrates found in pasta increase your levels of serotonin and endorphins, cranking up your good-mood vibes and energy levels simultaneously. Experts recommend switching from regular pasta to the wholegrain variety, because it contains higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, fibre, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytochemicals than refined grains. Bingo!
There’s nothing like being pregnant for zapping all your energy and whether it’s that bit harder to get out of bed in the morning or a struggle to stay energised in the afternoon, the solution could be as simple as introducing some different foods into your daily diet.