During pregnancy, it’s important to keep in mind that healthy eating is critical to a baby’s growth and development. Check out a few pointers to what you should be eating and avoiding if you’re expecting a new edition to your family:
- Lentils & Beans: Not only are lentils packed with protein that will keep you from staying hungry, but they also have a lot of fiber.
- Dairy: At least 1000 mg of calcium is needed daily to support a pregnancy. Calcium helps build strong teeth, bones and supports healthy muscle and nerve function.
- Protein: Meat, poultry and beans contain the protein, B vitamins and iron needed in pregnancy. A developing baby needs plenty of protein.
Do Not Eat:
- Raw Meat: Uncooked seafood and rare or undercooked beef or poultry should be avoided because of the risk of contamination
- Soft Cheeses: Imported soft cheeses may contain listeria, a type of bacterium, that has the ability to cross the placenta and possibly infect the baby. This could lead to infection or blood poisoning. Soft cheeses: brie, Camembert, Roquefort, feta, Gorgonzola, and Mexican-style cheeses
- Deli Meat: Deli meats have also been known to have listeria. If you do decide to eat deli meat, be sure that you reheat the meat until it is steaming.