Essential Nutrients For You and Your Baby During Pregnancy
by Sherry Frewerd
cell growth. Some of the best sources of protein are from poultry, fish, beans and
egg whites.

Iron - You need proper iron levels to maintain red blood cells to avoid becoming
anemic. Eat iron rich spinach, fortified grains and cereals and lean red meats.

Carbs - Do not limit your carbs while pregnant, they're what will give you the energy
you'll need to get through the day. Find good carbs in fruits, vegetables, bread, rice,
potatoes and pasta.

Folic Acid - You must have adequate amounts of folic acid while pregnant. Although
it is possible to get folic acid from fortified foods, your doctor may tell you to use a
supplement to make sure you get enough.

Calcium - Got milk? Well you should, and other calcium rich foods while pregnant
and before and after as well. Your bones, muscles and teeth need calcium to be
healthy. Get your calcium from milk, cheese, spinach, yogurt and salmon. Your
doctor may tell you to take a calcium supplement just to be sure.

There are many other essential nutrients you will need such as vitamins A, C, D, B12
and B6 that you must consume to make sure both you and your baby are healthy
during and after pregnancy. Always talk to your doctor about what is best for you
and the baby. He or she will be able to tell you what foods are best and what to
avoid.

Eating a healthy, common sense diet while pregnant will most likely be all that you
will need to get the essential nutrients that your body requires. Talk to your doctor
before taking any supplements however.


About The Author

Sherry Frewerd

Are you concerned about having a healthy pregnancy and baby? Worried that you
are totally clueless about what to do with a new baby? 'Your Pregnancy and Baby
Tips' has the answers you're looking for - all FREE!
When you're pregnant, one of the
most important things that you can
do for yourself and your baby is to
eat regular, nutritious meals. Your
body will experience many changes,
and you must make sure that you're
giving yourself and your baby all of
the essential nutrients and vitamins
you both will need to be healthy. So,
what are the most important
elements that you need to add to
your diet while pregnant, and where
can you get them?

Protein - Your body needs protein
for producing blood and for proper
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