If You’re Pregnant or Just Human: The Secret Oatmeal Goldmine

One of the major things that I wanted to work on with my eating from the moment that I figured out I was pregnant was BREAKFAST. I despised eating when I woke up, like who wants to chew at that point in the day? But I do now 😀 Michael and I started loving bagels and cream cheese, Greek yogurt and granola, and I taught him how to fry eggs…buttt I think I’ve had enough of all of it now haha. At 10 weeks I cant even look at eggs anymore, I think of little baby chicks and want to hurl.

… But THEN I made an awesome discovery. For the days that i don’t think that I’m up for the perfectly balanced looking breakfast, I have a bowl of OATMEAL!  …Oh wait oatmeal in general is not the discovery 😛 here it is:

* The instant oatmeal that comes is those little baggies that you put in a bowl with       milk/water that come in a gazillion flavors has sooooooo many good things in it. The crazy part is that some of them seem to be even better than the classic oats that come in the big cylinder shaped containers!!! When I made the discovery my mom and I did the comparison because she keeps the classic oats as well as a bunch of different flavored instants. The classic oats basically stop at Vitamin A, Calcium, and Iron.

(Even if you aren’t pregnant there are so many great things in these for everyone and I’m going to keep them for my little family forever! Look up the vitamins!!! ♡)


  • Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin stored in the liver, is important for your baby’s embryonic growth – including the development of the heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes, and bones, and the circulatory, respiratory, and central nervous systems. It also helps with infection resistance and fat metabolism. Vitamin A is particularly essential for women who are about to give birth, because it helps with postpartum tissue repair. It also helps maintain normal vision and fight infections.
  • When you’re pregnant, your developing baby needs calcium to build strong bones and teeth; to grow a healthy heart, nerves, and muscles; and to develop a normal heart rhythm and blood-clotting abilities. If you don’t get enough calcium in your diet when you’re pregnant, your baby will draw it from your bones, which may impair your own health later on.
  • Very important always but – You need extra iron for your growing baby and placenta, especially in the second and third trimesters. Many women need more because they start their pregnancy with insufficient stores of iron. Iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy is associated with preterm delivery, low birth weight, and infant mortality. The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy until you have almost 50 percent more blood than usual, so you need more iron to make more hemoglobin.
  • Thiamin, also known as vitamin B1 or thiamine, enables you and your baby to convert carbohydrates into energy. It’s essential for your baby’s brain development and aids the normal functioning of your nervous system, muscles, and heart.
  • Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, is an essential vitamin that helps your body produce energy. It promotes growth, good vision, and healthy skin, and it’s important for your baby’s bone, muscle, and nerve development. Riboflavin is a water-soluble vitamin, which means your body doesn’t store it – you’ll need to get enough each day.
  • Niacin (vitamin B3) is in prenatal vitamins at 90% daily value. It is important for general good health. As a treatment, higher amounts of niacin can improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks. Pregnant women should get about 18 milligrams daily. Breastfeeding women should get about 17 milligrams daily. A certain amount can be too much for some people so check with your doctor if you have any concerns about how much you should take!!!
  • Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, helps your body metabolize protein, fats, and carbohydrates. It also helps form new red blood cells, antibodies, and neurotransmitters, and is vital to your baby’s developing brain and nervous system. Research shows that extra vitamin B6 may relieve nausea or vomiting for some women during pregnancy, though no one knows for sure why it works.
  • ***FOLIC ACID (vitamin B9)Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects (NTDs)—serious birth defects of the spinal cord (such as spina bifida) and the brain (such as anencephaly). Neural tube defects occur at a very early stage of development, before many women even know they’re pregnant. They affect about 3,000 pregnancies a year in the United States.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that women who take the recommended daily dose of folic acid starting at least one month before conception and during the first trimester of pregnancy reduce their baby’s risk of neural tube defects by 50 to 70 percent.Some research suggests that folic acid may help lower your baby’s risk of other defects as well, such as cleft lip, cleft palate, and certain types of heart defects.Your body needs folic acid to make normal red blood cells and prevent a type of anemia. Folic acid is also essential for the production, repair, and functioning of DNA, our genetic map and a basic building block of cells. So getting enough folic acid is particularly important for the rapid cell growth of the placenta and your developing baby.Some research suggests that taking a multivitamin with folic acid may reduce your risk of preeclampsia, a complex disorder that can affect your health and your baby’s.
  • Phosphorus is a mineral that helps build strong bones in you and your developing baby. (About 85 percent of your body’s phosphorus is found in bone). It’s also important for muscle contractions, blood clotting, kidney function, nerve conduction, the repair of tissues and cells, and normal heart rhythm. Phosphorus helps the body generate and use energy.
  • When you’re pregnant, magnesium helps build and repair your body’s tissues. A severe deficiency during pregnancy may lead to preeclampsia, poor fetal growth, and even infant mortality.Magnesium and calcium work in combination: Magnesium relaxes muscles, while calcium stimulates muscles to contract. Research suggests that proper levels of magnesium during pregnancy can help keep the uterus from contracting prematurely.Magnesium also helps build strong bones and teeth, regulates insulin and blood sugar levels, and helps certain enzymes function. Research indicates it may help control cholesterol and irregular heartbeats. Magnesium may also be helpful in reducing leg cramps.

** Plus making it with milk instead of water or drinking milk with it adds more of the goods 🙂

Look out for food coloring if you are choosing to avoid or limit it! The Great Value Apple and Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal is the only one that I saw without Caramel or Red coloring. But i will keep looking out and keep eating my Apples and Cinnamon on my skimpy breakfast days! 😛


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