Prenatal Nutrition & Health

As soon as she finds out she is pregnant, an expectant mother can start helping the child’s development by embracing a healthy diet and exercise.

The most important step? Go for prenatal checkups as often as the obstetrician recommends. Even if everything looks good, skipping prenatal visits risks letting a problem develop.

Key to the baby’s development is eating a well-balanced diet that is high in folic acid (folate, Vitamin B9) and low in unhealthy fats and excess sugar. An easy guide is the MyPlate plan that lays out the ideal mix of vegetables, fruits, lean meats, other protein, whole grains and dairy products. It’s usually safe to exercise during pregnancy, but women may have to change their routines. Consult the physician. And of course, quit smoking, drinking alcohol and using recreational drugs.

Details:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) nutrition facts

US Department of Agriculture Choose My Plate 

ACOG guides 

National Institutes of Health preconception advice