Ginger and citrus are excellent natural stomach soothers, and add punch to a variety of dishes.
Hungry all the time but find that foods aren't agreeing with you? Early in your pregnancy, keeping meals down may be a challenge, and not just in the morning. For some women, the problem persists throughout their entire pregnancy. One natural way to fight nausea is by eating foods or beverages containing citrus or ginger, says Elisa Zied, M.S., R.D., an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman and author of Feed Your Family Right (Wiley).
Comforting and refreshing, this duo is also good for you and your baby. Citrus offers vitamin C (essential for tissue growth and for the absorption of iron in your body). Ginger has been used for centuries in China, India and Japan to treat digestive problems and is an effective way to tame nausea during pregnancy (see "Ginger Capsules to the Rescue" ). Best of all, citrus and ginger tingle your taste buds, making it more likely that you'll regain your ability to enjoy food and eat a healthy prenatal diet. In your second and third trimesters, when maintaining a proper diet while avoiding excess weight gain are priorities, ginger and citrus can play an important role in your cooking by adding a powerful flavor punch with minimal calories.
In the recipes that follow, we've paired lemon, lime, orange and ginger with fiber-rich foods that are essential to your own health and to your growing baby's development. Enjoy!