Pregnancy Health: Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnancy Nutrition is the second part in our five-part blog series on pregnancy health.Please visit the Adoption STAR website for more in-depth information on pregnancy nutrition.

Eating healthy is important for everyone, but if you are pregnant the importance increases. Your unborn child needs you to eat a healthy balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.

You have heard throughout your life to avoid alcohol when you’re pregnant, and that is very important to remember, as no level of alcohol has been proved safe during pregnancy. It is also important to stay away from caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea and cola, as caffeine has the potential to speed up your unborn child’s heart rate or slow its fetal growth.

Nutrients that you want to make sure are in your diet include folate, calcium, protein and iron. Please read the full section on pregnancy nutrition on the Adoption STAR website to get a full overview of what to add to your diet and what to avoid.

If you missed the first part of our pregnancy health series on prenatal care, you can read it here.