Vitamins for the pregnant body

Posted by Liza Elliott-Ramirez January - 11 - 2012
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Nutrition also known as “eating healthy” enriches our mind, body, and spirit. For expectant mothers, a well-balanced diet should include a central focus in foods rich in folic acid, iron, and calcium.

Concentrating on these key nutrients will not only add to the well-being of your baby, but will also accomplish a number of things for the outer you like healthier hair, nails, and skin.

With the extra calories needed to sustain the health of a growing baby, focus on eating foods rich in these three vitamins while maintaining a well-balanced diet.

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Folic acid is found in cereals, flours, pastas, cornmeal and white rice. When looking for folic acid on a food label, it will be listed as “folate”. This nutrient aids in the prevention of birth defects involving the spinal cord.

Iron can be found naturally in chicken, fish, lean red meat, and green leafy vegetables. It helps prevent anemia or an “iron deficiency” that is associated with a low red blood cell count.

Calcium is found in dairy foods and calcium-fortified juices.  Calcium is a vitamin that contributes to the development of your baby’s heart, muscles, nerves, teeth, and bones.

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Consult with your nutritionist to make sure you are on track with eating healthy and don’t forget to take your daily prenatal vitamin.  It’s no secret that when we are feeling beautiful and healthy our energy increases because our spirits are high.  The energy boost brought on by this concentration may motivate you to maintain many aspects of your pre-pregnancy lifestyle including being on the go in your favorite stilettos.

 

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