Almonds are considered to be a safe snack during pregnancy. They contain a high amount of fat, but it is monounsaturated fat that will not raise your cholesterol levels. Avoid almonds if there is a chance you could be allergic to any kind of tree nut.
A severe allergic reaction during pregnancy can be dangerous for you and your unborn baby. When choosing almonds, the American Dietetic Association recommends that you look for unsalted varieties to avoid the excess sodium that can lead to high blood pressure and swelling.
Eating almonds during pregnancy reduces the possibility of birth defects and hence most women are asked to eat almonds regularly when they are pregnant. For centuries almonds are associated with the ability to boost ones power to concentrate and hence eat them to get an intelligent and smart baby.
You can also pair them with dried fruit and whole grain cereal for a healthy trail mix you can store in a plastic bag and carry anywhere. You can also try pairing almonds with fruit and yogurt, adding slivered almonds to a salad, or using crushed almonds as a breading for chicken or fish.
If in doubt, you may even consult your gynaecologist before you eat them, since she is your best adviser. Taking almonds which have been soaked in water for the whole night is also a good idea. But remember not to overeat them, since excess of everything is bad! Happy Eating ! Happy Motherhood.