Relax...basically, the same nutritious diet that medical experts prescribe for everybody else - also applies to pregnant women.
That is, except for the three very important additions: calcium, folic acid and iron, which can be easily found in prenatal supplements.
Folic acid is well known in helping to prevent birth defects (such as spina bifida).
Additionally, the body's need for iron almost doubles during pregnancy which is why anemia is reported in a number of pregnant women. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, a protein in your body, which helps carry oxygen to your cells and those of your growing baby.
Calcium is not only extremely important for maintaining strong bones and teeth, it also build muscle and helps maintain regular heart rhythms for both mom and baby.
Overall, the importance of good high-protein foods for you and baby include low-fat meats, fish and legumes. In addition to the nutrients they provide, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables will also help with typical constipation during pregnancy!
Foods to avoid during pregnancy
Lay off the sushi for now. Raw fish such as clams and oysters should be avoided, as well. Also keep an eye out for fish high in mercury such as swordfish or king mackerel.
Doctors also warn against certain common food substances that can cross the placental barrier -- and effect your unborn baby -- such as high amounts of caffeine. Saccahrine is another questionable substance that can be easily substituted with more acceptable artificial sweeteners such as Equal, Splenda, or Nutrasweet.
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