The Best Pregnancy Diet Is Simple: Eat!

Sasha Brown-Worsham

In what for many of us will amount to a big duh, scientists have found that (gasp!) dieting during pregnancy isn't a great idea.

In fact, pregnant women who diet, especially early on in their pregnancy, are putting their babies at risk for low IQs and behavioral problems. Obviously famine and such would have an effect, but this was looking more at moderate diets, not extreme ones, and they found that cutting back on vital nutrients and calories in the first half of pregnancy stunts the development of an unborn child's brain.

This information is particularly pertinent to younger mothers and much older ones.

In teenage pregnancies, the developing foetus can be deprived of nutrients by the needs of the growing mother. And stiffer arteries in older women reduce blood flow to the womb, reducing the flow of nutrients to the growing baby.

If you're pregnant, there are a few foods to focus on. These include:

Eggs: These give the mom and fetus protein, more than a dozen vitamins (including A and B12), minerals, and choline.

Berries: Be it strawberry, blackberry, or blueberry, these give the mom carbohydrates, vitamin C, fiber, folate, and fluid.

Yogurt: This yummy treat offers the growing belly calcium, carbohydrates, protein, B vitamins, and zinc.

Whole Grains: Get your fiber on to stay regular! They also provide carbohydrates, folic acid and other B vitamins, iron, and zinc; some grain products may contain added calcium and vitamin D.

Lean Beef: From this you get protein, vitamins B6 and B12, and the minerals zinc and iron in their most absorbable form. Beef is one of the most concentrated food sources of choline.

Sweet Potatoes: A great source of carbohydrates, vitamin C, folate, and fiber.

Broccoli: The best pregnancy food, hands down! Contains carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, and folate.

What were some foods you made sure to get in pregnancy?


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