Did you know that your baby’s teeth will begin to develop somewhere between your third and sixth month of pregnancy? That’s one reason why it’s so important to eat smart foods while your pregnant. What you eat now can help your child to be Mouth Healthy for Life.
To help you in making smart and healthy eating choices, the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center has compiled 8 nutritional tips during pregnancy:
- Eat a variety of healthy foods, for example, fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products such as breads and cereals, and dairy products like milk, unsweetened yogurt and cottage cheese.
- Try to limit foods and drinks that are high in sugar. This even include dried fruit and fruit juice.
- For snack time try and choose healthy food like, vegetables, cheese, fresh fruit and unsweetened yogurt.
- Be sure to look at labels and read how much sugar they contain.
- If nausea is a problem, you can eat small amounts of healthy foods throughout the day.
- Go for water or milk, stay clear of juice, fruit-flavored drinks or soft drinks.
- Drink lots of water throughout the day and between meals. Try to drink water that contains fluoride.
- To reduce the risk of birth defects, get 600 micrograms of folic acid each day throughout your pregnancy. In addition to taking a dietary supplement of folic acid, eat foods high in folate and foods fortified with folic acids, such as: Asparagus, broccoli and leafy green vegetables. Legumes (beans, peas, lentils). Papaya, tomato juice, oranges strawberries, cantaloupe and bananas. Grain products fortified with folic acid (breads, cereals, cornmeal, flour, pasta, white rice).