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Nutrition

Q&A with SPB: Vitamin A

Give me an A!!


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Vitamin A is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication . Vitamin A also supports cell growth and plays a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs.

Most fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin A have yellow or orange-colored flesh.

Q&A with SPB: Salt

 
Salt is an essential nutrient. If you were to completely eliminate salt from your diet, your body would cease to function. There is an increased need for salt during pregnancy because of the extra demands the baby places on the mother's body.  It helps to maintain an adequate blood volume for a safe, healthy pregnancy.


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Q&A with SPB: Water


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Water is essential for good health. Pure water (nothing mixed in) is best for re-hydration of the body. Bottled or filtered water may be necessary, depending on your water source at your home or workplace. In the mother, water acts as a solvent and catalyst for biological reactions.

Q&A with SPB: Fats & Oils

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Okay – so what’s the skinny on fats?

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Fats and oils are needed in your diet to help your body absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Fats and oils also contribute to a fine-textured (stretchable) skin. They are concentrated sources of calories. The food energy or calorie need is increased in pregnancy to a minimum of 2500-3000 calories per day.

Q&A with SPB: Vitamin C

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In today's VLOG, here are the TOP 3 reasons to include Vitamin C foods 1-2 times per day when you are pregnant (and breastfeeding!)

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It is important for the manufacture of collagen, the substance that holds tissue together. Think: strengthening the uterus, your ligaments and soft tissue around your pelvis.

Q&A with SPB: Whole Grains

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Hello!  We are almost halfway through our nutrition series...is your pregnancy or breastfeeding diet experiencing a small shift?

Here is today's video on whole grains:

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Whole grains are important for the growth and normal functioning of nerve tissue, and also to provide fuel for mama's body.

Q&A with SPB: Greens





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Fresh, dark green vegetables are rich in vitamins (particularly A and B complex) and minerals, which are necessary to help your body use the protein in other foods. These are also high in folic acid, which is essential for good growth, and which protects against neurological disorders and spina bifida.

Q&A with SPB: Protein

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Two Servings Per Day
 
Protein provides amino acids that are the building blocks of the body. It is important for healthy bones, teeth, muscles, brain, everything! If you find that you are suffering from fatigue, swelling, and/or a lack of appetite, you may not be consuming enough protein.

Q&A with SPB: Eggs


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Eggs: Two per day
The benefits of eggs are many.  You can click HERE for a breakdown of nutrients from A to Zinc.  If you are allergic to eggs, that post list alternatives for getting those nutrients through other foods.  Also listed below are two links to learn more about LUTEIN and CHOLINE, two nutrients found in eggs that are super-important for that ever-developing baby brain.

Nutrition Focus: Dairy

This week's nutrition focus: DAIRY

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Dairy: Four serving per day
The main goal for consuming four servings of protein per day is to add calcium for your Sweet Pea's bone development and protein for Sweet Pea's brain building to your diet. “Good” dairy choices include greek yogurt and organic cheeses.
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