Saturday, April 27, 2013

Healthy Habits: Prenatal Nutrition

If you're pregnant, it's important to make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs. Especially important for pregnant mothers are folic acid, iron, and DHA.
There are a variety of ways to get these nutrients. One is by eating foods rich in the desired nutrients:
  • folic acid - lentils, many types of beans, broccoli, lettuce, beets, sunflower seeds, spinach, brussels sprouts, corn, asparagus, peas, potatoes, cabbage, avocados, peanuts, strawberries, oranges, eggs, bananas
  • iron - red meat, eggs, turkey, chicken, some fish, shrimp, spinach, sweet potatoes, peas, broccoli, beans, leafy greens, tofu, lentils, beans, strawberries, watermelon, and some dried fruits
  • omega-3s - fish, eggs, dark green vegetables, walnuts, and canola/sunflower/flaxseed oils 
Another way (and what many expectant mothers do to "fill in the gap") is to take a supplement. But if you're the kind of person who finds it hard to swallow adult vitamins, you could try chewables, or Premama, a flavorless powder you can add to beverages that contains similar levels of supplements as found in most prenatal vitamins.
Whichever way you go, make sure you're eating healthy - a healthier mom makes a healthier baby!

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