Prenatal Nutrition: What To Eat During Pregnancy

by Jackie on August 4, 2017

Good nutrition during pregnancy is important for the mother and the baby. What the mother eats during pregnancy directly affects the baby’s growth and development, and poor prenatal nutrition can have long-term effects on a baby’s health.

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A balanced, nutritious pregnancy diet includes a variety of vegetables, fruits, proteins, whole grains and healthy fats. When you snack, choose nutritious healthy snacks such as fruit, vegetables, yogurt and nuts, whole grain bread or crackers.

Certain nutrients are especially important during pregnancy. Folate (vitamin B-9) is found naturally in foods such as green leafy vegetables, beans, peas and citrus fruits. Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate that is added to fortified cereals and used in vitamin supplements. Folate or folic acid is needed for preventing birth defects, and all prenatal supplements contain folic acid. Calcium and vitamin D are needed for healthy teeth and bones both for the mother and for the baby.

Prenatal nutrition supplements are recommended for all pregnant women and for women who are hoping to conceive soon. Ask your doctor about the best prenatal vitamins and any other supplements you might need during pregnancy.

Jackie

Jackie

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I'm a fitness nut. I know what you're thinking, one of these people who has never been fat a day in her life, and can eat whatever she wants. The truth is I struggled with my weight growing up and lived in a household where everything seemed to be fried. Once I got away from home I realized I had the choice to eat and exercise how I wanted. I've gained a lot of insight into working as a personal trainer, and feel I can relate to others that were in my situation. I think if I can do it then you can to, and if you want to start kicking butt then hop on board and lets get started.
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