Pregnancy is a time of joy and anticipation. However, it can also bring uncertainty, particularly regarding nutrition. As a mum-to-be, you want to ensure your baby’s health. You want to provide them with the essential nutrients they need for a healthy start in life.

Your placenta plays a significant role in this, as it supplies your baby with the essential nutrients and oxygen they need to develop. Fortunately, there are many delicious and nutritious summer recipes that can help support the growth and health of your placenta. In this post, we’ll share some essential summer recipes that you can use to keep your placenta healthy during pregnancy.

Grilled Salmon:

Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for your baby’s nervous system development. Grilling is a healthy method of cooking salmon, as it retains more of its essential nutrients.

To make grilled salmon, marinate the salmon in olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Grill for about five minutes on each side or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with a side of roasted vegetables or a green salad.

Mango, Avocado, and Quinoa Salad:

This nutritious salad is perfect for a summer lunch or dinner. It’s packed with protein, fibre, and healthy fats, all of which are essential for your placenta’s health.

To make the salad, cook quinoa according to the package instructions, and let it cool. In a bowl, mix the quinoa, diced avocado, diced mango, chopped cilantro, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Serve chilled.

Watermelon and Mint Salad:

Watermelon is a delicious summer fruit. It is full of vitamins A and C, which are important for placenta health.

Prepare the salad by mixing cubed watermelon with chopped fresh mint. Top with crumbled feta cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Serve chilled.

Greek Yogurt and Berry Parfait:

Greek yoghurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium, both essential for your baby’s growth and development.

Assemble the parfait by layering Greek yoghurt, mixed berries, and granola in a jar or glass. Top with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

Grilled Vegetables:

Grilling vegetables is an excellent way to retain their essential nutrients.

To make grilled vegetables, cut your favourite vegetables into bite-sized pieces and toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill until they’re tender and slightly charred. Serve as a side dish or add them to a salad.

Nutrition for a healthy pregnancy:

Ensuring a healthy placenta is key for the developing foetus and a healthy pregnancy. You can incorporate these recipes into your daily diet to give your baby all the necessary nutrients for healthy growth.

Want to know more about what to eat and why for a healthy placenta? Read our blog post, “What to Eat for a Healthy Placenta.

For comprehensive information on nutrition for a healthy pregnancy, some antenatal courses provide an informative session that covers the essential dietary guidelines, recommended nutrients, and helpful tips to ensure the well-being of both the expectant mother and the baby.

Consult with your GP before making any changes to your diet.

What can I do with my placenta once I have given birth?

Did you know that your placenta can still be useful after birth? Amnion and placental cells found in your placenta are used in various therapies to explore new possibilities in medicine. Amnion has already been used to heal serious burns and diabetic ulcers and regenerate infected wounds.

Amnion and Placental Cells are the subjects of a growing body of promising clinical trials for cardiovascular conditions, brain injury, arthritis and many more.

By banking placental tissue with Cells4Life, you can make sure your child has access to as many of the latest regenerative therapies as possible as they become available. To find out more about placenta banking, click here.


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