Essential Nutrients for Pregnant Women

When you are pregnant you are showered with advice from every known as well as unknown source. Walking to the subway you will have strangers stop by smile and offer you a friendly bit of advice. Rest assured that while all of them have your health in mind the advice that they offer may not be suitable for you.

When you meet with your gynecologist for the first time also meet up with a dietician and explain your current condition to them. He will be able to chalk out a diet plan that will suit you best. While foods that you eat would be the same that you continue through the term of your pregnancy, there are certain foods that you must avoid all together.

Calcium and protein are a must for the fetus. You can get these from fruits and vegetables or from supplements. All fruits with the exception of pineapple is safe to consume in large proportions. Always keep an apple with you to avoid junk food when you have a hunger pang. Protein can be obtained from fish, eggs, diary and milk. All dairy products like cheese, butter and yogurt are rich in calcium. All expectant mothers must consume calcium in high quantities to avoid the rich of the fetus being under nourished and in want of nutrients.

Pregnant women tend to have cravings for certain foods like chocolates, spicy foods and most fast foods. You must satisfy those cravings as far as possible. However, certain women have cravings for mud and soil. These are due to nutrient deficiencies.

From your first trimester, your gynecologist will recommend folic acid and zinc supplements to you. Follow the medications religiously to avoid skin rashes on the child after birth.

Important nutrients that you need besides protein and calcium are carbohydrates. These can be attained from vegetables, breads, cereals, rice, potatoes and pasta. Carbohydrates provide you with the energy that you need to perform daily activities. Load up on carbs as you tend to get tired quicker than you normally would. You also need iron to help in the production of red blood cells for you as well as your baby. They can be acquired from red meats, spinach and whole wheat grain. Vitamin A from leafy vegetables, carrots and potatoes help in healthy skin and eyes as well as stronger bones. Vitamin C from fruit juices help to prevent tooth and gum decay and bleeding gums.