Pregnant and Hungry? Here's What You Should Be Eating

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The phrase "you are what you eat" couldn't be more accurate, especially for a mom-to-be. What you put into your body will directly affect your growing baby, so it's crucial that you eat the right foods leading up to, and during, your nine months of pregnancy.


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Eggs

Eggs are packed with a ton of vitamins and quality protein, which are important for both mom and baby. Beyond protein, eggs are also a great source of choline, which supports overall growth and brain health in your growing baby.


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Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins C and A (from plant-based carotenoids), folate, and fiber. Vitamins C and A will help form your baby's bones, skin, eyes, and cartilage, so include rich sources of these essential vitamins in your diet daily.


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Greek yogurt

Not only is Greek yogurt delicious, but it's also a great source of protein and calcium. Unfortunately, women typically don't get enough calcium to sustain the health of their own bones and teeth, so it's extra important to get adequate calcium while pregnant so as not to deplete your calcium stores.


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Salmon

Salmon tops the list of foods highest in omega-3 fats, and it's also a fantastic source of protein. Unlike the fish on the "do not eat" list (including mackerel, shark, and swordfish), salmon has very low amounts of methylmercury, the substance harmful to your baby's developing nervous system. Even so, the FDA recommends eating no more than 12 ounces of salmon a week while pregnant to avoid ingesting too much mercury.


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Beans

Beans are another good source of protein, but more importantly, they're a good source of fiber. As your intestinal tract slows down during your pregnancy, bouts of constipation may occur. A high fiber diet and adequate hydration can keep things moving.


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Leafy green vegetables

Leafy green veggies are a good source of folic acid. This B vitamin is used to produce the extra blood you and your baby need and also helps some enzymes function. Taken before conception and early in your pregnancy, folic acid also helps prevent neural tube defects and congenital heart defects in your baby.


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Water

Drinking water may sound obvious, but many of us don't drink enough water to keep ourselves hydrated adequately, let alone enough for an additional human! Water is essential for maintaining blood volume, cell creation, and it will help mom-to-be minimize swelling and constipation. You need even more water during pregnancy since your caloric needs are higher, so try to drink a minimum of eight to 10 glasses of water each day.


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Don’t forget food safety

Last, but not least, don’t forget about the basic components of food safety. Food safety is especially important for pregnancy women. Read Food Safety in Pregnancy: What You Need to Know to get the facts.