Making healthy choices for two

From North Mississippi Medical Center

Pregnancy can be used as an excuse for unrestricted eating. What a mother eats and how much she eats has a direct effect on the overall health of the pregnancy and, ultimately, of the baby.

Pregnant mothers should eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and foods rich in iron, protein and calcium. The intake of simple carbohydrates, processed and fatty foods should be avoided. Only 300 additional calories per day (on average) are needed to support a healthy pregnancy.

If you are not a mother-to-be, remind someone you know who is expecting a baby that good prenatal care is an important part of a healthy life cycle.