Category Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnancy Nutrition Guide

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Healthy nutrition for you equals healthy nutrition for baby

“Eating for two” during pregnancy doesn’t mean you should gorge on doughnuts and chips. It means what you eat affects the health of both you and baby. Maintaining proper nutrition during pregnancy can help keep you energized through all three trimesters, and it can give your growing baby the right combination of vitamins, minerals, and proteins to develop correctly. Eating a little junk food now and then will not harm you and your baby, but you don’t want to get all of your daily calories from foods high in fat and low in nutrients.

What to eat

  • Fruits and veggies: When planning your meals and snacks, think fresh and colorful. Browse the produce section in your grocery store for inspiration...
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Mangia, Mama!

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Mangia, Mama!

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The Vegetarian Mom

No meat? No problem. With good planning, vegetarians can easily meet nutritional requirements while pregnant and nursing. “It’s the nutritive quality of a mother’s foods, not the original source of each nutrient, that makes the difference in a baby’s health,” says Holly Roberts, M.D., a San Francisco-based ob/gyn and author of Your Vegetarian Pregnancy. Assess your diet to make sure you’re meeting the recommended dietary allowances (ask your doctor for a list or find them in Roberts’s book). The steps below can help you overcome some common challenges:

Mix it up. Vary foods daily so that trace minerals and nutrients you don’t consume one day will be consumed later that week.

Take prenatal vitamins. Supplements help pick up the slack where your diet falls short, says Robe...

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Avocados and Folic Acid

 Holy guacamole! If you thought avocados were only good for chip dip, think again. Packed with folic acid and heart-healthy fat, consider the avocado a wonder fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) for expectant moms and babies alike.

Moms-to-be:

Avocados contain more folate per ounce than any other fruit, with 45 micrograms per half cup. That’s good news because folate (also called folic acid) is a key prenatal nutrient which produces and maintains new cells. Getting enough of it during your first trimester is essential because your baby’s central nervous system (including the brain and spinal cord) forms during this time, explains Joseph Hersh, M.D...

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Get Trans Fat-Free!

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 First, the bad news: There’s a new fat in town, and it can be particularly unhealthy for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Now, the good news: Eating a healthy diet will take this threat off the table.

Called trans fat (or trans fatty acids), this substance is formed when liquid oil is “hydrogenated,” or made into a solid (such as margarine or shortening). Although trans fat isn’t nearly as prevalent as saturated fat  — the other “bad” one  — it has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including type II diabetes and breast cancer. Trans fat also raises the risk of heart disease by increasing LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and lowering HDL (“good” cholesterol).

For expectant and nursing moms, however, trans fat brings unique health risks...

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Weird Pregnancy Cravings

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Weird Pregnancy Cravings

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I had a lot of cravings for honey mustard.” —c_helwig89

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Eating Green

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Eating Green

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