Hemp For Pregnant and Lactating Women
When we are nursing and pregnant, our food is working doubly hard for both the baby and mom. So, you need to make sure that you pack the right nutrient-punch per meal! Three nutrients that play a vital role for both mom and baby health are Iron, omega-3's, and folate, and you can find all of them in the hemp hearts.
Folate is the essential B vitamin that gets the most attention, whether pre, post, or perinatal. And for a good reason! Folate plays a vital role in the baby's development by preventing neural tube defects. The neural tube is what forms the baby's spinal cord and brain. And while you are nursing, folate continues to help the baby's brain and nervous system grow and develop normally. Getting enough folate is also critical during preconception days. Try to include 2-3 servings of foods that are a good source of folate into your routine. You can add a serving of hemp hearts to your morning salad or yogurt to start the day off on the right! Other foods high in folate are chickpeas, lentils, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and spinach.
As we know that Iron is essential for healthy living, but lactating and pregnant moms require more Iron than usual with 27 mg per day. Iron is responsible for transporting oxygen within our bodies...pretty necessary stuff! One serving of hemp hearts offers 4mg, about 15% of mom's daily need. You can double up on this by adding one serving to your lunch salad and evening stir-fry. Other iron-rich foods to add to the veggie dishes are kidney beans or spinach.
Omega-3 fatty acids are another important element in developing the baby's brain and nervous system healthfully. An added gift for mom is that they also help fight and calm inflammation that may be occurring while you recover after delivery.
Hemp hearts are an excellent source of omegas. Sprinkle one serving on your vegetable roasts, soups, avocado toast, mix them into your pasta sauces, and use hemp oil in your smoothies for salad dressing and homemade dips.