If you're expecting, you know that one of your top priorities is keeping your body healthy and that means, as your doctor will tell you during your prenatal health checkups, eating foods that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. However, understanding what you can and can't consume is a little confusing - after all, there are so many rules!
Luckily, FoxNews.com came up with a list of foods, courtesy of registered dietician Sarah Krieger and naturopathic doctor Cammi Balleck, that will help give you and your lovebug the nutrients both of you need:
1) Milk, yogurt, and cheese
Protein found in these foods can help boost cellular development in a fetus. It's a good idea to try to eat between three and four servings of milk per day, whether that means adding it to a smoothie, pouring it over your oatmeal or eating it with cereal. Nonfat Greek yogurt is also a great source of nutrients. Enjoy it with some blueberries or a dab of honey.
You may find that you're craving fruit. If this is the case, then purchase oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines as they are loaded with vitamin C, which can fight colds or similar illnesses that you and your baby may be susceptible to.
Avocados have long been known to be a superfood. Eating them during your pregnancy can boost brain and skin health because they are high in monounsaturated fats.
4) Dark, leafy veggies
You're mom always told you to eat your veggies and this is especially important before giving birth. Kale, spinach, Swiss chard, and collard greens are packed with vitamins A, C, K, B, and iron. Try to eat between two and three cups per day.