|Foods to Eat when Pregnant or Breastfeeding|
|Article - Nutrition|
Decipher the dietary needs of new moms and moms-to-be.
You should eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet throughout your life, but it?s especially important during pregnancy and when you?re breastfeeding.
But what does a healthy diet really mean? First, eat a wide variety of vegetables, whole grains and legumes, and high-quality protein. To keep energy high, you may need to eat every few hours. Eat carbohydrates with fat, fiber, and/or protein to keep blood sugar stable. Consume plenty of good fats during pregnancy and when lactating, as they are essential for helping your baby?s brain develop. Get a wide variety of saturated and unsaturated fats, including high-quality fish oil or cod liver oil, flax oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and nuts or seeds.
Some foods you should try to choose often:
Avoid sugar and caffeine. Be careful about fish consumption, as mercury is very dangerous to developing babies.
Here are a few nutritional differences for pregnancy versus lactation: