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Eating During Pregnancy

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In order for you to have a healthy growing baby, you should choose the right type and amount of foods to be eaten during your pregnancy. This is because what you eat determines the growth of your baby inside your womb and its resistance to future stresses and illnesses. It also determines your ability to regain health after your pregnancy and childbirth. Thus, you have to watch what you eat.

If you are wondering about what foods to eat, then this article is for you

The Right Type of Foods to Eat

A healthy diet includes proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and plenty of water. The U.S. government publishes dietary guidelines that can help you determine how many servings of each kind of food to eat every day. Eating a variety of foods in the proportions indicated is a good step toward staying healthy.

During pregnancy, it is necessary that you eat from the basic food groups. Protein is needed for cell growth and blood production. Sources are lean meat, fish, poultry, egg whites, beans, peanut butter and tofu.

Carbohydrates are needed for daily energy production. Good sources are breads, cereals, rice, potatoes, pasta, fruits and vegetables.

Calcium is needed for strong bones and teeth, muscle contraction and nerve function. Good sources are milk, cheese, yogurt, sardines or salmon with bones and spinach.

Iron is needed for red blood cell production (to prevent anemia). This is best taken from lean red meat, spinach, iron-fortified whole-grain breads and cereals.

Vitamin A is needed for healthy skin, good eyesight, and growing bones. Sources are carrots, dark leafy greens and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C is for healthy gums, teeth, and bones and for assistance with iron absorption. You can get it from citrus fruit, broccoli, tomatoes and fortified fruit juices.

Vitamin B6 increases red blood cell formation and for effective use of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. You cab gain it from pork, ham, whole-grain cereals and bananas.

Vitamin B12 is for the formation of red blood cells, and for maintaining nervous system health. Sources are meat, fish, poultry and milk.

Vitamin D is needed for healthy bones and teeth; it also aids the absorption of calcium. Good sources are fortified milk, dairy products, cereals, and breads.

Folic acid is for blood and protein production, and effective enzyme function. Sources include green leafy vegetables, dark yellow fruits and vegetables, beans, peas, and nuts.

Fat composes body energy stores and can be obtained from meat, whole-milk dairy products, nuts, peanut butter, margarine and vegetable oils. However you should limit fat intake to 30% or less of your total daily calorie intake. To ensure that you and your baby receive adequate nutrition, consult a registered dietitian for help with planning meals.