Monday, February 7, 2011

Dietary Guidelines for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Moms

pregnantThe USDA and HHS new 2010 Dietary Guidelines offers specific recommendations for women pregnant, breastfeeding, or capable of becoming pregnant. These recommendations do not appear to be new news as far as pregnant and nursing moms dietary recommendations. You can check out their website for these tips and other information you may find interesting.

For Women capable of becoming pregnant
-Choose foods that supply heme iron, which is more readily absorbed by the body, additional iron sources, and enhancers of iron absorption such as vitamin C-rich foods.
-Consume 400 micrograms (mcg) per day of synthetic folic acid (from fortified foods and/or supplements) in addition to food forms of folate from a varied diet.

For Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
-Consume 8 to 12 ounces of seafood per week from a variety of seafood types.
-Due to their high methyl mercury content, limit white (albacore) tuna to 6 ounces per week and do not eat the following four types of fish: tilefish, shark, swordfish, and king mackerel.
-If pregnant, take an iron supplement, as recommended by an obstetrician or other health care provider.

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