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The Best Foods to Eat During Pregnancy

When you're expecting a baby, it's important to stay healthy for your own sake and the sake of the baby. This can include anything from exercising to getting good sleep. One important factor to staying healthy is ensuring you're eating the right foods. Caitlin Schoensiegel, RD, CDN, describes some of the best foods to eat during pregnancy.

"Important foods in pregnancy include multi-tasking foods like dark, leafy greens that provide nutrients like Calcium and Folate; milk that provides nutrients like Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12; and animal protein like salmon that provides protein, Vitamin D, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids," Schoensiegel writes.

"The micronutrients to consider most important in pregnancy are Calcium, Vitamin D, Iron, Folate, Selenium, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin A, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and Vitamin B12."

The main components of a healthy diet are foods from "plant-based and animal protein sources, low-fat dairy, and plenty of nutrient rich fruits and vegetables."

Foods like eggs, chicken, yogurt, spinach, and beans are great sources of nutrients for "both expecting moms and their babies," Schoensiegel explains.

Other healthy options include salmon, kale, broccoli, bell peppers, tomatoes, milk, and nuts or seeds.

Of course, it's always necessary to consult with your doctor or dietitian before making any changes to your diet.

"Any dietary restrictions should be monitored closely during pregnancy," says Schoensiegel. "I recommend those individuals seek help from a qualified dietitian to ensure the quality of their diet and all of their nutrients are being met."

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