Navy beans, lentils, black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas … there are so many to choose from. Beans contain the most fiber and protein of all the vegetables.
You already know that it's important to get enough protein during pregnancy, but you may not yet realize that fiber could become your new best friend.
When you're pregnant, your gastrointestinal tract slows down, putting you at risk for constipation and hemorrhoids. Fiber can help prevent and relieve these problems.
In addition, food that contains fiber tends to be rich in nutrients. This is certainly true of beans, which are good sources of iron, folate, calcium, and zinc.