Constipation is a very common side effect of pregnancy, but it can be considerably reduced by eating a healthy diet that includes fiber-rich foods and plenty of liquids.
A diet which includes fiber rich foods can also help prevent the development of hemorrhoids, another less than pleasant side-effect of pregnancy, and help keep your blood pressure from becoming elevated.
Now, it seems a fiber rich diet during pregnancy may also reduce the risk of preeclampsia, also once known as toxemia.
As many as 5% to 8% of women, suffer from pre eclampsia during pregnancy. The only cure for preeclampsia, and its more dangerous sequelae eclampsia, is delivery of the baby.
Delivery of a pre-term baby also has consequences, the severity of which is directly tied to the baby’s gestational age at delivery.
Adding as little as 5 extra grams of fiber, about the amount in one medium apple, can lower your risk of pre eclampsia by almost 14 percent.
Other good sources of fiber are whole grains (oatmeal or whole wheat cereal for breakfast, for example), vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes. Aim for about 21 grams of fiber a day, or as your health care provider recommends.