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Try These Pregnancy Power Foods

Alison Wood |10, January 2013


Diet is a pertinent part of pregnancy. Your diet can help you manage gestational diabetes, fight anemia and promote the health of your little munchkin. Knowing the right foods to eat is extremely helpful in achieving the best health in your pregnancy, and to control pregnancy weight gain. Give your body the boost it needs with these healthy, super foods during your nine months of waiting.

This green food is packed with calcium and folate, two major nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy. It also helps constipation that may occur in pregnancy due to its high fiber. It also contains antioxidants that can help keep diseases away. Packed with high levels of vitamin C, this veggie will aid your body in absorbing the iron your body needs to fight anemia. Just make sure you take advantage of the high levels of vitamin C by coupling it with an iron rich food, such as lean, red meat.

Fortified cereals
Growing another little life inside your womb takes lots of nutrients. One important nutrient you and your baby need is vitamin B. Most doctors recommend 600 micro-grams a day. Choosing a cereal high in Vitamin B will make this healthy endeavor a little easier. So check out your cereal aisle today!

Pinto beans
These are some power packed beans! They contain 1 milligram of copper, 5 milligrams of iron and more than 400 milligrams of phosphorus in a half cup serving size! These vitamins aid your body in forming red blood cells, making hemoglobin and aids the growth of your baby's bones and teeth.

Pumpkin seeds
Lacking protein in your diet? Try this super food! Pumpkin seeds contain sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and mother minerals needed for hydration and healthy muscles. These nutritious seeds pack 5 grams of protein per serving! These seeds also contain the famous healing mineral zinc. In fact, one cup of pumpkin seeds provides almost half of a pregnant woman's daily needs for zinc.

Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds and olive oil. A few tablespoons of this tasty paste that is added to hummus will gain you 6 grams of healthy fats that will help your nervous and immune system to function properly. The development of your milk glands, uterus and placenta all benefit from these healthy fats that are found in tahini. Thiamine, phosphorus, copper and manganese are all minerals that sustain your baby's health. These are also found in this tasty food!

Carrots are the cream of the crop when it comes to Vitamin A. This vitamin is crucial for the development of your baby's nose, eyes and teeth. These crunchy, on-the-go snacks are also great sources of vitamins B6, C and fiber. Shred these veggies up and sneak them into lots of your week night foods. Try them in baked breads, muffins and meat loaves.

Oats are full of fiber, B vitamins, iron and lots of other minerals. Add rolled oats to pancakes, muffins, cakes, cookies, hamburgers and meatloaves to grab some extra nutrition. Enjoy some oatmeal with honey and milk for breakfast. Blend into a smoothie with your favorite fruit! There are no excuses for not eating this super food!

Your pregnant body needs folic acid, iron, vitamin A and calcium to continue developing the growing baby inside your womb. Spinach is the food to give you all those necessary vitamins and minerals. Eat your portion in lasagna or try in a fresh salad with your favorite dressing.

Packed with folic acid and protein, this super food is quite versatile. Substitute it for sour cream or mayo in dips, fillings and salad dressings. Need a quick, healthy breakfast? Add some fruit and granola to some plain yogurt and you're ready to go!

Mercury is one mineral you want to avoid during pregnancy. Salmon is the perfect fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, but still low in mercury. Many other fish should be eaten in small amounts or avoided altogether for their high levels of mercury. Enjoy this tasty fish baked, broiled or grilled.

Who can resist these small, decadent treats? Did you know these tasty fruits are one of the richest sources of antioxidants? Antioxidants are needed to prevent and repair damage to the body's cells. Antioxidants also reduce the future risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

High in iron and fiber, these tasty treats can be a convenient snack for the busy mommy-to-be that is traveling to all her prenatal appointments and picking out her little one's new wardrobe. Fight anemia by adding these to your pregnancy diet.

Now you're armed with the information you need to eat a super nutritious diet during your pregnancy. Focus on getting enough vitamins and minerals in throughout the day and supplement your diet with prescription prenatal pills from your physician.

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