It’s always important to eat a balanced diet and it’s even more important when you’re trying to conceive or get pregnant because what you eat is the main source of nutrients the body and or baby(ies) need.

Nutrients You Need

1. Protein

 Ensures the proper growth of fetal tissue, including the brain. It also helps with breast and uterine tissue growth during pregnancy and  increases blood supply to your baby.Food sources include lean beef and pork, beans, chicken, salmon,nuts,cheese

2. Calcium

Helps to build strong bones and teeth regulates your body’s use of fluids.

Main sources include milk, cheese, yogurt, and sardines.

3.Iron

Helps red blood cells deliver oxygen to your baby. Sources include lean red meat, dried beans, peas, and iron-fortified cereals.

4.Vitamin A

 For healthy skin, eyesight, and bone growth. Carrots, dark, leafy greens, and sweet potatoes are good sources.

5. Vitamin C

Promotes healthy gums, teeth, and bones, and helps your body absorb iron. Good sources include citrus fruit, broccoli, tomatoes, and strawberries.

6.Vitamin D

Aids your body in the absorption of calcium to help build your baby’s bones and teeth. Sources include exposure to sunlight, fortified milk, and fatty fish, such as salmon.

7. Vitamin B6

Helps form red blood cells and helps your body use protein, fat, and carbohydrates. You can find vitamin B6 in beef, liver, pork, whole-grain cereals, and bananas.

8. Vitamin B12

Helps form red blood cells and maintains your nervous system. You can find this vitamin only in animal products. Good sources include liver, meat, fish, poultry, and milk.

9. Folate (Folic Acid)

A B vitamin important in the production of blood and protein, it also reduces the risk of neural tube defects (a birth defect of the brain and spinal cord). You can find folate in green, leafy vegetables, liver, orange juice, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), and nuts.

Aside from eating well, it’s important to drink at least eight glasses of water each day

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