Pregnancy Diary Week 32What's happening for you & your baby
Pregnancy Week 32 - How Is Your Baby Growing?
Pregnancy Week 32 - What You Can Expect
At pregnancy week 32 do not worry about a protruding belly button because it can be attributed to the fact that your uterus is growing and will be back to normal a few months later. Keep hydrated and eat as healthy as possible.
Because of your baby’s need to continue to grow, you have experienced a significant increase in blood volume – imagine it has increased between 40% to 50% since the beginning of your pregnancy. Your uterus is pushing your diaphragm, which is making your stomach area rather busy, and you may get heartburn and shortness of breath from it. To lessen the discomfort sleep with pillows propped up under your head and eat smaller meals.
Chickpeas For Pregnancy Nutrition
Chickpeas also known as garbanzos have many benefits for you.
Fibre and Weight Loss Advantages: Like other types of beans, chickpeas are high in dietary fibre, this includes soluble as well as insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre lines the digestive track with a sticky substance which can snare bile (containing cholesterol), and carry it away to be eliminated by the body. Research has shown insoluble fibre to not only help in increasing the bulk of stool, but also in the prevention of constipation; however, it can also provide an effective preventative against digestive disorders.
Protein Source for Vegetarians: When it comes to finding a good source of protein, chickpeas are certainly an excellent option. When eaten in combination with whole-grains, chickpeas can provide an amount of protein that is equivalent to consuming meat or dairy products, but without the saturated fats and high number of calories.
Manganese Helps with the Production of Energy: Garbanzos or chickpeas offer an excellent source for the essential trace mineral manganese, a vital co-factor in many enzymes that are crucial in the production of antioxidant defences and energy. A single cup of chickpeas can supply approximately 84.5% of the daily requirements for this important mineral.
Iron Boost: Garbanzos also have the ability to boost your energy level because they contain high levels of iron. This can be an important benefit for women who are menstruating, pregnant or lactating, as well as growing children. The presence of iron in haemoglobin is crucial, especially given the fact that haemoglobin is necessary to help transport oxygen to the cells of the body and is a crucial part of the enzyme system which is responsible for metabolism and energy production.
Managing Blood Sugar Levels and the Low Glycemic Index (GI): When it comes to stabilizing blood sugar levels, soluble fibre can be very helpful. Additionally, if you have hypoglycaemia or diabetes that is insulin resistant, beans such as chickpeas can help balance blood sugar while also providing a slow-burning, steady source of energy.
Garbanzos have a 28 – 32 GI value, which is very low and is indicative of the fact that the carbohydrates in them will be digested and broken down slowly. This can be beneficial for anyone trying to lose weight because it helps to control the appetite.
Heart Healthy Benefits: Chickpeas health benefits can include a lowering of the LDL (bad), as well as total cholesterol. Garbanzos also contain significant amounts of magnesium and folate. Folate can help lower homocysteine, an amino acid, while strengthening blood vessels. Studies show that chickpeas can also lower a person’s risk for heart attack.
Benefits for Women: Garbanzos contain photochemicals known as saponins, which act as antioxidants. Saponins can lower a woman’s risk for breast cancer, reduce hot flashes for post-menopausal women and protect against osteoporosis.
They are versatile and can be eaten as a delicious snack if you make some hummus. This can be eaten as a dip, or with some healthy crackers. Alternatively chickpeas can be served along with main courses for a Middle Eastern feel, just pop them on the plate, cover with some olive oil and chopped coriander. Really delicious, and really healthy!
Easy Hummus Recipe
Can of chickpeas (or soaked overnight from scratch) around 200g
2 cloves garlic crushed
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
100 ml of tahini, which is sesame seed paste
2 tablespoons of olive oil
4 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon of ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
You can also add 1 tablespoon of paprika if you like
Blend all ingredients together, when serving drizzle some more olive oil and sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top, making it look good and tastes great.
Check if you are happy with consistency and taste, if it seems to thick add a little more water and blend a bit more.
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