This month, I’m having hunger pangs but I also make sure that whatever I eat will have a positive effect to my child’s development. I’m sure every mom-to-be knows the importance of maintaining healthy habits and of nutrient-rich foods to keep their babies healthy for the next nine months.
As for me, my doctor advised that planning for healthy meals during pregnancy is actually easy. These are some of the essential nutrients to sustain good health and make sure of optimal pregnancy result.
Calcium – Sources of which include yoghurt, cheese, milk, sardines, fruit juice and soymilk.
Folate – This is important for organ formation and cell division preventing neural tube defects in your baby. Sources of folate includes spinach, asparagus, dried beans, breakfast cereals, broccoli and citrus juices and fruits.
Iron – To avoid anemia during pregnancy, consider eating foods that are rich in iron: fish, chicken, liver and red meat. My doctor shared to me the importance of iron-rich foods because my baby also needs to store iron for the next six months before he/she can begin consuming solid foods. Non-heme iron sources: green leafy vegetables, egg yolk, dried fruits.
Vitamin B12 – Needed for blood formation, sources of Vitamin B12 include meat, poultry, eggs, milk and fish.
So yeah, good thing I have a very supportive husband and knows the importance of food safety. We see our doctor regularly too. Share your pregnancy experience with us here