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Expecting the Best for Mom and Baby: Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

Pregnancy planning is an exciting time, and women hoping to start or add to a family have a full list of to-do’s. Topping that list is a healthy diet. Good nutrition before, during and after pregnancy is a must-do for mom and baby.

Healthy foods contain important nutrients that aid baby’s growth and development and help keep mom healthy and strong during pregnancy.  Suggested foods are*:

  • Fruits, including the skins (when possible) for added fiber
  • Vegetables, especially leafy greens
  • Beans and lentils
  • Whole grains
  • Healthy proteins like lean meats, low-fat dairy products, eggs and nuts

Pregnant or not, eating enough of the right foods is a hefty challenge. In fact, just one percent of adults meet both their daily fruit and vegetable targets[1]. Pregnant and lactating women have even higher nutritional needs. That’s why many doctors and dietitians recommend taking prenatal vitamins to ensure mom and baby are getting the nutrients they need.

When searching for the right prenatal vitamin, opt for one high in vitamins A, C, D, E and the B vitamins (which include folate) and minerals calcium, iron, iodine, magnesium and zinc.

Some prenatal vitamins even go above and beyond the essential vitamins and minerals. Similac Prenatal has DHA to help support fetal brain and eye development,[2] and lutein, which is linked to eye health.

Women should continue their healthy diet and prenatal vitamin regimen through the duration of their pregnancy. When the bundle of joy finally arrives, breastfeeding moms are encouraged to continue taking prenatal vitamins. A nutritious diet and prenatal vitamin help support mom’s health and the health of her baby receiving important nutrients through breast milk.

Best wishes and healthy thoughts to you and your growing family!

*This article is intended to provide general nutrition information for expecting mothers and does not account for individual food allergies or intolerances. Please consult with your physician if you have special dietary needs.

[1] Produce for Better Health Foundation. State of the Plate 2010.

[2] This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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