There’s something intoxicating about the smell of pumpkin treats coming from the oven and I’m going to help you justify indulging in some delicious pumpkin treats.
I’ve written before about the importance of eating superfoods, especially during pregnancy, and I’m back to help you get your fill of pumpkin!
What makes pumpkin a superfood? It’s just packed with iron, zinc, and fiber and is also high in vitamin C and beta carotene.
Why are these so important?
Iron carries oxygen to the baby, prevents anemia during pregnancy, and can help reduce the chances of premature delivery.
Zinc is important for cell growth and helps to boost energy.
Vitamin C boosts immunity and increases iron absorption from food, both of which benefit both you and your unborn baby.
Beta carotene is important for the development of your baby’s heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes, and bones, and also plays a key role in the growing circulatory, respiratory, and central nervous systems.
And fiber, well, we all know that fiber is super important during pregnancy.
So, there’s your justification for indulging in one or two (or a few?) of these amazing pumpkin treats.
Just keep in mind that beginning in the second trimester, you’ll need only 300 additional calories in your diet every day.