6 Tips for a More Natural Prenatal Diet

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If you're eating for two, of course you're trying to make better food choices. (No one's perfect all the time, but at least you're trying, right?)

From Fit Pregnancy and the authors of The Whole Pregnancy Handbook, here are 6 tips for avoiding harmful, overprocessed food and eating a safer, more natural diet that will benefit you and your baby.

If you eat foods that are minimally processed and contain few additives, preservatives, and pesticides -- like J9Mommy is trying to do -- you're getting 100 percent of the food's nutrition.

1. Think brown -- Go for brown rice and whole-grain pastas and breads instead of white. When a whole grain is processed, it loses some of its fiber and other things that are good for you.

2. Buy organic fruits and veggies when you can -- They're more expensive, but you're avoiding exposure to potentially harmful pesticides.

3. Watch your salt intake -- High-salt foods tend to be those that are highly-processed -- canned soups, frozen dinners, boxed grain dishes. High sodium intake can mean water retention or potential pregnancy complications, such as high blood pressure, for some women.

4. Skip foods with chemical additives -- While most aren't believed to be harmful to your growing babe, these aren't the most nutritious choices. Look out for artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, and refined sugars.

5. Eat hormone-free meat and poultry if you can -- Protein is important for you and baby and meat is a great source, but best to avoid growth hormones if possible. You can also get protein from beans, nuts, grains, legumes, and soy products.

6. Be picky about what fish you eat -- Fish contains good-for-you omega-3 fatty acids, but you want to avoid the ones that could contain high amounts of mercury -- trout, catfish, and wild salmon are good choices. And here's more need-to-know info on fish during pregnancy.

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Are you trying to make "greener," healthier food choices since becoming pregnant? What are you eating more or less of? What have you given up altogether?

 

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