It is important for you as an expectant mother to eat specific foods and avoid others during your pregnancy. You are in fact eating for two and must have approximately 300 additional calories each day above and beyond what you normally eat. Bear in mind that the different kinds of food and vitamins that you eat have a direct impact on the development and health of your baby. Health professionals are in agreement that alcohol consumption (in addition to smoking and recreational drug use) by expectant mothers can be seriously detrimental to the health and well-being of the baby.
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Prenatal vitamins are a good way to start your pregnancy off. Consult with your doctor to find the right (prenatal) vitamin regimen for you. Listed below are some of the nutrients most important for your baby's health and development along with the foods in which they can be found:
Proteins help the body maintain muscle, cell growth and body tissue while also enabling the production of anti-bodies and blood. Proteins can be found in lean meat, poultry and variety of beans.
Carbohydrates are an important source of energy and help decrease the chances of birth defects. They can be found in bread, cereal, rice and fruit.
Fats (Fatty Acids)
Much like carbohydrates, fatty acids are an important source of the body's energy. They are also instrumental in the general development of the baby and specifically the brain (omega-3 fatty acid). Sources of fats include vegetable oil, nuts, margarine and dairy products.
Iron helps the brain develop properly in addition to enabling the flow of oxygen through the blood stream and helping the body's metabolism. Lean meat, poultry and whole-grain foods are all excellent sources of iron.
Folic acids help decrease the risk of birth defects. They also help the body in its production of blood and protein. Folic acids are found in leafy green vegetables, peanuts and citrus fruits or juices.
Calcium is integral to proper bone and teeth development. It can be found in a variety of dairy products.
Vitamins can be taken in the pill form as well as through food ingestion. Important vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C and vitamin D. Please consult with your doctor to determine whether your diet includes these vitamins in sufficient amounts.