The NutriBullet is a great way to get more nutrients in for both you and your baby! Research shows that what the mother eats can affect the baby's development and even their taste preferences. However, please consult with your doctor to make sure that NutriBlasting or any dietary change is appropriate for you. There may be some superfood "boosts" or other foods that you may need to avoid depending on your personal health condition. In general, most NutriBlasts are filled with the vitamins and minerals one requires during pregnancy. Any supplements you plan on adding to your NutriBlasts should be cleared with your doctor.
So just what should you be eating to ensure the best health for you and your baby? Some nutrients to pay attention to include:
- Folic acid - spinach, beans, asparagus, oranges
- Vitamin D - fortified dairy alternatives, mushrooms, the sun
- Calcium - beans and greens and fortified foods
- Iron - fortified cereals, beans, spinach (with vitamin C), nuts/seeds
- Protein - nuts/seeds, beans, legumes, veggies and grains
- Essential fatty acids - walnuts, avocado, nuts/seeds
- B12 - important to make sure you get enough of if vegetarian/vegan
Foods to avoid during pregnancy:
- Fish/seafood high in mercury - Too much mercury can damage your baby's developing nervous system. Bigger, older fish have higher levels due to the accumulation from other fish they feed on. Avoid swordfish, king mackerel, shark and tilefish.
- However, Omega-3 fatty acids often found in fish help provide important nutrients for a growing fetus. You can also obtain Omega-3s by eating walnuts, flaxseed, chiaseed, soy, and dark green vegetables.
- Avoid raw or undercooked seafood - no sushi, oysters or clams.
- Avoid undercooked meat, poultry and eggs - Why not avoid all meat, poultry and eggs? A vegetarian diet may also provide adequate nutrition for you and your baby if you follow a balanced diet of plant-based protein, carbs and healthy fats.
- Avoid unpasteurized foods - These include unpasteurized milk, brie, feta cheese, camembert, and blue cheese.
Keep in mind: Weight gain during pregnancy is normal and healthy. How much you gain depends on your pre-pregnancy weight. We often hear hear the phrase "eating for two," however, pregnant women only require about 200-300 additional calories per day during pregnancy and 500 per day while breastfeeding. A healthy weight gain is about 25-30 pounds for a woman of average weight (2-4 pounds during the first trimester and 1 pound a week for the remainder of your pregnancy).
Please consult with your doctor to make sure that NutriBlasting or any dietary change is appropriate for you.