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Pregnant? 10 Super Foods for You and Baby

If you’re pregnant, nutrition is incredibly important. You want to make sure that both and your baby are getting the proper nutrition to get you through the day and aid your child’s growth and development. Here are 10 super foods that will keep you and your baby healthy.

  1. Sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins like potassium, vitamin C and fiber. In addition, they pack a ton of flavor.
  2. Salmon. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are good for you, and also for your baby’s development.
  3. Orange Juice. In addition to high levels of vitamin C, you can buy orange juice that has been fortified with calcium and other healthy nutrients. Try to limit to a glass a day as some kinds of OJ are high in sugar. Also compare sugar levels on the label when purchasing orange juice.
  4. Milk. Milk (or dairy alternatives like soy milk) is loaded with calcium and protein. A glass of milk a day goes a long way towards a healthy pregnancy.
  5. Yogurt. Regular and Greek yogurt are high in protein, and also fiber to aid in digestion. Try to get plain yogurts that are low in simple carbohydrates like sugar.
  6. Water. It’s always important to get plenty of water and stay hydrated, but it’s especially important when you are pregnant. Make sure you have 8 glasses of water each day while pregnant.
  7. Beans. Protein, fiber, vitamins- beans are a complete food that pack a ton of bang for your nutritional buck. Any beans are good- try making dishes with multiple kinds for added flavor and texture combos.
  8. Green leafy veggies such as kale & spinach. Pregnancy is a great time to fill up on salads. Green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach can get you the vitamins and nutrients you and your baby need.
  9. Oatmeal. If you’re looking for breakfast ideas while pregnant, oatmeal is a good way to start your day. Oatmeal is high in fiber and vitamins. Add some berries for a sweet, nutritious meal.
  10. Edamame. Edamame is simply an under-ripe soybean and has many of the same nutritional benefits as soy. A handful of edamame is great if you’re looking for an on-the-go snack while pregnant.

During your pregnancy, make sure you stay in regular contact with your doctor. The expert physicians at Riley at IU Health can help.

Additional Resources

  • Food Safety. Food safety is important for everyone, including pregnant women. 

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