Do You Have A Healthy Diet?
Your body functions best when it is well supplied with a balanced diet. Healthy eating practices are not just for pregnancy, but also for the rest of your life. A good pre-pregnancy diet is the best way to ensure that you and your fetus start out with the nutrients you both need. As the fetus grows and places new demands on your body, you will need more nutrients.
- Eat plenty of whole grains, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and dairy products.
- It is recommended that women get at least 1000 mgs of calcium a day.
- Consider low-fat milk, yogurt and cheeses.
- Women should take at least 400 micrograms (0.4 milligrams) of folic acid daily, both preconception and throughout pregnancy. This helps reduce a baby’s risk of neural tube defect. Neural tube defects result from abnormal development of the spinal column and /or brain.
- Prenatal vitamins should be taken daily and contain the necessary amounts of folic acid. Please, check the label.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (Nutrasweet) or saccharin (Sweet’n Low); their safety in pregnancy has not been established.
We recommend prenatal vitamins instead of regular adult vitamins. Please contact us if you need a prescription.