5 Important Foods To Eat When Pregnant

salad closeup pregnant with juiceWhen you’re pregnant, it’s so important to make sure you’re getting adequate levels of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. One way to do this is by faithfully taking your prenatal vitamin. Another way is by getting most of your required nutrition from a healthy and balanced diet. Today we’re going to share 5 important foods to eat during your pregnancy.

Avocado
One of the most important nutrients to your pregnancy is folate. Folate plays an important role in preventing neural tube disorders in your developing baby. Avocado is a great source of folate as well as a number of other vitamins including Vitamins B6 and C. Avocados are high in (healthy) fats and calories, so don’t go too overboard with this one.

Yogurt
Yogurt is a great source of calcium, which is extremely important during pregnancy. Additionally, greek yogurt contains great levels of protein. Yogurt can be mixed in a smoothie, eaten plain or with fresh fruit to give you some variety.low-fat-yogurt-pregnant

Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables
Another great source of folate is dark green, leafy vegetables. These should be a staple in everyone’s lives, not just pregnant women. Dark green, leafy vegetables (like broccoli and spinach) are actually really good sources of calcium as well, which is something very important for pregnant women.

                                                                                         Milk
milk pregnantSpeaking of calcium, pregnant woman should try to get 1000-1300 mg/calcium each day and increasing your milk intake can really help with that. If you don’t like to drink milk, using it on your cereal or in a smoothie are easy ways to up your intake, helping you get more of the calcium that you need during pregnancy.

Carrots
This yummy, crunchy snack is packed with Vitamin A. This vitamin is essential to the development of you baby’s bones, teeth and eyes. Carrots are a great and easy snack to take with you on the go.

There are so many ways to get all the nutrients you need during pregnancy. A combination of a healthy diet and a good prenatal vitamin is the best approach to developing a happy and healthy baby. If you have any specific concerns or questions regarding your pregnancy, always consult your doctor.