Month: April 2018

Nutrition tips for pregnant women

Pregnant women need to be especially careful when making healthy food choices. The baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of pregnancy and making smart food choices will help in developing his/her dental and overall health.

  • Eat a variety of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grains (cereal, breads, crackers) and dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt)
  • Eat fewer foods that are high in sugar, such as cookies, candy, cake and dried fruit
  • If you have trouble with nausea, try eating small amounts of healthy foods throughout the day
  • Drink water or milk instead of juice, fruit-flavored drinks or pop
  • Drink water throughout the day (between meals and snacks). Tap or bottled is fine, as long as it is fluoridated water
  • Take your prenatal vitamins daily. Make sure you are getting 600 micrograms of folic acid daily. Foods rich in folic acid include:
    • Vegetables—asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, and spinach
    • Legumes—beans, peas, and lentils
    • Fruits—papaya, tomato juice, oranges and orange juice, strawberries, cantaloupe and bananas
    • Grain products fortified with folic acid—breads, cereals, cornmeal, flour, pasta and white rice

Source: MouthHealthy.org