September 01, 2020 3 min read

The ideal, daily meals for the pregnant mom should include a variety of foods from all the main food groups that yield nutrition for a balanced diet. While natural foods are the best option to meet nutritional requirements during pregnancy, women may also need to include prenatal vitamin/mineral supplements in their diet to ensure getting all the right nutrients.

Some of the most important nutrients to incorporate into a pregnancy diet include the following:

Folate: Often identified as folic acid, folate is the natural form of vitamin B9 while folic acid is its synthetic counterpart. Folate intake is highly recommended for expectant mothers as this water-soluble vitamin has a pivotal role in the proper neurological development of the baby. Foods that are excellent sources of natural folate include a range of green vegetables along with legumes and beans. Many grain-based foods like bread, cereal, pasta, cornmeal, flour, and rice are often fortified with folic acid to meet nutritional requirements.

Be Still Farms- Real Fine OrganicsCalcium: Another important mineral needed during pregnancy is calcium to assist with healthy bone and teeth formation. While calcium intake is typically associated with drinking milk and consuming dairy products, whole grains, nuts, and seeds are also good sources of calcium. Examples include almonds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, quinoa, and many different varieties of beans.

Be Still Farms- Real Fine OrganicsIron: Some women may need to take iron pills at some time during their pregnancy. Iron is needed for healthy red blood cell production along with proper muscle development. This important mineral is also required for many routine body functions. Through diet, iron can be supplemented by including whole grains like wheat, spelt, kamut, bulgar, oats, and quinoa among others.

Be Still Farms- Real Fine OrganicsCholine: Choline prevents neural tube defects and assists with the healthy development of brain cells. Among nuts and whole grains, choline can be accessed from oats, whole wheat foods, almonds, walnuts, and pinto beans.

Be Still Farms- Real Fine OrganicsMagnesium: Increased magnesium intake is recommended for pregnant women as this important mineral assists in the development of strong bones and teeth and builds tissue. Grain foods from which excellent supplies of magnesium may be sourced include amaranth, buckwheat, and quinoa while many others like cornmeal, millet, oats, brown rice, wheat barley, and rye yield fair supplies.

Be Still Farms- Real Fine OrganicsZinc: Zinc is needed for proper cell growth and is crucial for DNA production. Even though grains may not be the highest sources for yielding zinc supplies, fair amounts can be found in foods like oats, teff, kamut, spelt, white wheat, and triticale.

Be Still Farms- Real Fine OrganicsVitamin D: One of the most important minerals to be supplemented during pregnancy is vitamin D. Even though it cannot be sourced from foods like whole grains, many expectant mothers need to supplement it through foods like fortified milk or others like salmon. Daily recommended amounts also necessitate taking Vitamin D supplements during pregnancy.

 

 

Disclaimer: We are not recommending any medical solutions, just general nutrition information. Always consult with your doctor with any questions

 

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