Find Out What Four Foods Will Benefit You And Baby

A healthy pregnancy diet is smart, for both you and your baby. There are plenty of foods and nutrients you'll...
A healthy pregnancy diet is smart, for both you and your baby. There are plenty of foods and nutrients you'll need to focus on throughout your pregnancy, but here are the top four power pregnancy foods. Calcium: Calcium is hyper important during pregnancy because you and your baby both need it for growing healthy bones. Also, sad to say, but that baby is a little selfish. If you fail to eat (or drink) enough calcium, your growing baby will steal the calcium you do have in your system. That's good for your baby, but not so great for your bones, and may leave you at extra risk for osteoporosis later in life. Also read, how to get enough calcium during pregnancy - when you’re lactose intolerant. Healthy fats: Your baby needs the fatty acids found in healthy fats for his growth and development. This is most important during the last month of pregnancy. However, this isn't a license to go fat nuts. Small portions of trans fat free foods (think daily moderation) like an ounce of cheese, 4 ounces of salmon, or 1/2 cup of guacamole (healthy avocado fats), or just one tablespoon of olive oil on your pasta provides the healthy fat your baby needs, while not creating a scary fat issue for your thighs. Salty foods: Your best bet when it comes to sodium is to keep your daily intake at 2,400 mg. nutrient.A higher daily intake may cause high blood pressure and other issues that can result in labor and birth problems. The reason you need to be extra aware of sodium is that it hides in seemingly healthy foods. When I was in the RN program in college, we had to complete a diet assignment where we tracked our own eating habits. My habits were healthy, but for some reason my sodium levels were sky high and I finally figured out why -- Grape Nuts! I used to eat tons of Grape Nuts mixed with yogurt, and I never thought to read the box, because they're Grape Nuts. They seemed healthy. And they are, in moderation, but if you eat a lot it's sodium city. Salt also hides in canned foods like soup, frozen meals and many restaurant dishes, including fast food. Protein: Amino acids, found in protein foods, have been sited in numerous studies as the number one baby growing nutrient. Protein foods help to build strong baby brains and bodies. One serving is 4 ounces of meat, poultry, or fish, a cup of cottage cheese, or 6 ounces of whole wheat pasta. If you're a vegetarian, and are worried about protein, you can still have a healthy pregnancy diet. I was a vegetarian during my pregnancy, I just ate more low-fat yogurt, some soy items, eggs, peanut butter, and other veggie protein foods. For more important healthy pregnancy information, always talk with your health care provider. Your dietary needs may vary from the above. Also read: “Special thanks to Fisher-Price for their contributions to this post.”

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