Crickets: Better Protein for Pregnancy

We all know that with pregnancy comes more nutrient intake, and while there’s plenty of ways to get these daily and necessary nutrients as a pregnant mother–prenatal vitamins being the most common staple–one of the best sources for nutrients is proteins. And not just any proteins, but those high in iron, calcium, magnesium and, of course, those miracle B12s.

Crickets, a leaner and richer meat, harbor all these nutrients in one tiny little package.

  • Vitamin B12, which helps prevent birth defects, preterm labor, and assists with blood formation, is also an energy booster (necessary especially in the first and third trimesters). Crickets are unique when it comes to their B12s because crickets contain triple the amount of Vitamin B12 as compared to beef and salmon, roughly 20x more than eggs, 50x more than pork and milk, and 100x more than chicken.
  • Iron is another very important nutrient to consume during pregnancy because of the body’s huge increase in blood volume to support the mother and the baby. Iron can also help prevent premature delivery and low birth weights. Plus, if you don’t have enough iron in your system during pregnancy, you could develop iron deficiency anemia. Crickets contain higher iron levels than almost any other kind of meat and is a sure-fire go-to for moms looking to up their intake for baby.
  • Magnesium helps with muscle function and maintains healthy blood sugar levels during pregnancy and, in turn, maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Crickets once again outshine their other protein predecessors in this department, containing 5x more magnesium than beef.
  • We’ve all grown up hearing about how much we need to drink milk to build strong bones, and calcium intake is, like every other nutrient, twice as necessary when one is eating for two. Calcium helps with circulatory, muscular and nervous systems. Pregnant women need nearly 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day. Luckily, the harder parts of a crickets’ body contains calcium, which not only makes bones strong, but also reduces blood pressure and may decrease the risk of colon and rectal cancers.

In addition to their impressive resume of pregnancy-necessary nutrients, crickets–being a lean meat like fish–also contain only the best fats, which is a comfort to know when you’re eating double the calories. While pregnant, women should have to count the fat content in their food, they deserve time to focus on the life growing inside of them and enjoy the journey. Crickets, in that sense, are a bit of a comfort food–they have all the benefits and vitamins you need, without any weighty worries.

To learn about the other health benefits of crickets, visit our other blog post: THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING CRICKETS.

xo

Le Cricket Queen

Health benefits and facts found through Mayo Clinic, The Perfect Pregnancy Plan, Scientific American, Ento Market, Landish, and Men’s Health.

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