|Nutrition in Pregnancy|
What you eat in pregnancy is the hallmark of your baby’s growth and development. Many times pregnancy is the first time you examine your diet. Obviously a healthy diet is essential for the health and wellness of you and your baby. Here are a few do and don’ts of eating with attention to the special nutrients needed in your pregnancy diet.
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Folic acid is an important B vitamin for pregnant women. Studies have shown that diets rich in folic acid reduce neural tube defects such as spina bidifa. Folic acid can be found in breads, cereals, spinach, beans, peanuts, asparagus and oranges.
Iron is necessary to make red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to your organs and tissues and to the baby. Iron is in lean red meat, poultry, fish, dried beans, iron fortified cereals and eggs. Iron is better absorbed if eaten with vitamin C foods such as citrus fruits and tomatoes. Iron from food sources is preferred because iron supplements, though they maybe necessary, can be constipating.
Listeria is a bacteria that can cause food borne illness often found in uncooked food products. Expectant moms should avoid eating: hot dogs, lunch meat, soft cheeses such as brie and feta, pate, unpasteurized milk products, and raw or uncooked seafood, such as sushi. Listeria is a serious infection that can cause miscarriage or preterm delivery.During your weekly shopping try to stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein foods, as well as healthy snacks such as nuts and raisins for in between meals.