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Healthy Pregnancy Diet | Parents

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Published on Apr 11, 2008

Watch as Parents Magazine shows you how to keep a healthy pregnancy diet! Being pregnant means a variety of lifestyle changes, and the switch to healthy eating is one of them. There are foods to avoid with having a baby, but there are also many great additions you should consider in your new nutrition plan. Avoid PCB pollutants and mercury in fish, such as King Mackrel and swordfish, along with any raw fish or sushi. Wild salmon and mahi mahi, however, are safe for pregnancy! Also avoid any soft cheeses or those with blue veins, lunch meats, rare meats, and unheated leftovers. There are many things that make up a good diet during pregnancy. These include the vitamins folate in leafy vegetables, iron from well-cooked beef, vitamin B6 in potatoes or bananas, and zinc, which can be found in chicken, beans, pumpkin seeds, and mushrooms. A healthy pregnancy also requires an increase in calcium, choline, DHA, and prenatal vitamins.

What you eat is an important part of pregnancy since you're eating for two! Learn what to eat, and find out how a healthy diet can help ensure a healthy baby and less postpartum weight to lose later.

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