When you are pregnant, the benefits of eating fiber increase. Eating fiber-rich foods is an important part of maintaining your digestive health, especially when you are pregnant. The dietary reference intake (DRI) for women is 28 grams of dietary fiber daily.
However, most women actually get less than half of this recommended amount. The average American consumes only 14 grams of fiber a day, according to the 2001–2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
The facts about fiber and your pregnancy digestion
It might seem strange that fiber plays such an important role in digestive health because it is not a source of energy and it cannot actually be digested. However, fiber can benefit your pregnancy in multiple ways.
Fiber helps keep pregnancy weight gain under control
While you should be gaining weight throughout your pregnancy, you don’t want to gain too much weight
. High-fiber foods are a great way to help you feel fuller for longer, with fewer calories. This, in turn, will help you manage your pregnancy weight gain more effectively. In fact, National Institutes of Health studies have shown that people with high-fiber diets typically eat about 10% fewer calories.1