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There’s no magic formula for a healthy pregnancy diet. In fact, during pregnancy the basic principles of healthy eating remain the same — get plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats. However, a few nutrients in a pregnancy diet deserve special attention.
Start with adding 300 calories a day to your maintenance caloric intake. This will help ensure that as the baby is taking calories from mom to grow, mom is still metabolically supported. 30% of dietary intake should come from healthy fats, rest of calories get made up in protein and carbs (amounts depending on your usual nutritional regime). Try to remain as organic as possible when it comes to food choices.
Supplements are not only for the baby’s health and development but also maintain the mother’s levels, which she is now sharing with the baby. For example, a large portion of essential fats are being taken by baby from mom during development, if more aren’t supplemented to support both bodies it can lower mom’s brain function, aka. baby brain 🙂
Remember, even if you eat a healthy diet, you can miss out on key nutrients. Taking a daily prenatal vitamin — ideally starting three months before conception — can help fill any gaps. Your health care provider might recommend special supplements if you follow a strict vegetarian diet or have a chronic health condition. Amounts will vary from person to person and this is a basic list of supplements, you may need different ones or more so it’s important to check with your doctor first.
Folate and folic acid — Prevent birth defects: Folate is a B vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects, serious abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord. The synthetic form of folate found in supplements and fortified foods is known as folic acid. Folic acid supplementation has been shown to decrease the risk of preterm delivery.
Good sources: Leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, and dried beans and peas are good sources of naturally occurring folate. I.e. Spinach, beans, asparagus, oranges and peanuts.
Calcium — Strengthen bones: You and your baby need calcium for strong bones and teeth. Calcium also helps your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems run normally.
Good sources: Milk, yogurt, cheese, spinach, salmon, broccoli and kale.
Vitamin D — Promote bone strength: Vitamin D also helps build your baby’s bones and teeth.
Good sources: Fatty fish, such as salmon, is a great source of vitamin D. Other options include citrus juice, milk and eggs.
Protein — Promote growth (brain and tissue development): Protein is crucial for your baby’s growth, especially during the second and third trimesters.
Good sources: Lean meat, poultry, fish and eggs are great sources of protein. Other options include cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and as a vegetarian option, beans and lentils.
Essentials Fats: Focus on essential fats, specifically omega-3’s, high in DHA which aids in brain development
Good sources: flax, hemp seed, salmon, avocado, coconut oil, and walnuts
Anti-oxidants: anti-oxidants found rich in greens or dark berries will aid in immune system development for the baby and also support the mother’s immune protection.
Iron — Prevent anemia: Your body uses iron to make hemoglobin, a protein in the red blood cells that carries oxygen to your tissues. During pregnancy, your blood volume expands to accommodate changes in your body and to help your baby make his or her entire blood supply — doubling your need for iron. If you don’t get enough iron, you might become fatigued and more susceptible to infections. The risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight may also increase..
Good sources: Lean red meat, kidney beans and spinach are good sources of iron, or iron-fortified breakfast cereals.
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