Why are carbohydrates crucial for your pregnancy?

Carrying your little one through pregnancy is an impressive task and carbohydrates give your body much-needed extra energy, especially when you experience fatigue, a common symptom of pregnancy.

You can recharge yourself by consuming carbohydrates during pregnancy, which are transformed into glucose and used as the fuel for your body, in particular your brain and muscle tissues.

But just as there are different types of batteries to power your electronics, there are different kinds of carbohydrates for your energy needs. Giving your body the exact type and amount of ‘fuel’ it needs, puts you in a healthier position to care for your growing baby. Complex carbohydrates, such as starch, provide sustained energy, while simple carbohydrates are sugars that deliver short bursts of energy.

How many carbohydrates do you need during pregnancy?

Carbohydrates provide about half of your body’s energy, so it’s important to eat at least 175 grams of this essential nutrient each day.

Where can you find carbohydrates?

Good sources of complex carbohydrates include:

  • Rice, wheat
  • Apricots, dates, raisins (black, golden)
  • Vegetables, such as potatoes, green peas and corn
  • Legumes, such as chickpeas, lentils and peanuts

Choose healthy sources of simple carbohydrates, such as:

  • Fruits such as bananas, mangoes and raisins
  • Dairy products, such as milk