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10 Healthy Foods to Eat During Pregnancy

Even before they're born, you would do anything for your bundle of joy—and that starts by stocking up on healthy food for pregnancy. Find your favorites from these good-for-you options and enjoy!

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Bananas

When you’re expecting, the list of foods to avoid seems to go on forever. Sure, sushi and cocktails will have to wait, but you have plenty of other tasty and super healthy options. But what is the best food to eat during pregnancy?

If you’ve been feeling queasy in the morning, start by nibbling a banana. It’s easy on your stomach and packs 40 micrograms of folic acid for your growing baby.

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Nuts

The first trimester—perhaps more than the others—can feel like a rollercoaster. To keep your energy levels up and nausea at bay, reach for easy, healthy snacks throughout the day.

So what should you eat during your first trimester of pregnancy? Nuts are perfect. They’re crunchy and salty while giving you loads of healthy fats and folic acid. They’re also easy to toss in your bag for snacking emergencies.

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Avocados

Your body needs variety, but avocados may be the ultimate healthy food for pregnancy. They contain good fats to keep you full and are rich in nutrients. The vitamin B6 in avocados will not only help your baby’s brain growth, but could even ease morning sickness. More avocado toast, please!

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Berries

Berries are healthy for everyone because of their high levels of vitamins and antioxidants. Their vitamin C can help your body absorb enough iron (especially important during pregnancy), as well as fight off unwanted germs. Toss some frozen berries in your morning smoothie or yogurt. Craving something sweet? Whip up some raspberry sorbet.

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Breakfast: oatmeal with bananas, blueberries, chia seeds and almonds.Ekaterina Kondratova/Shutterstock

Oatmeal

Have a friend who is expecting? Mix up a batch of this apple cinnamon oatmeal mix for a thoughtful gift. Oatmeal gives moms-to-be steady energy throughout the day from its complex carbohydrates. It can also keep mom’s heart healthy by lowering cholesterol.

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Broccoli

If you’re up for it, try taking a stroll through your local farmers market. You’ll get some gentle exercise while trying new vegetables for your growing bump. Grab a head of broccoli for healthy nutrients like calcium and folic acid. Eating broccoli can also help your body absorb iron.

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Eggs

If you’ve been having a tough time getting enough protein during your pregnancy, try whipping up some scrambled eggs. Eggs will keep you full and give your body the amino acids it needs to help your baby grow. Pair with easy turkey breakfast sausage for a lean protein powerhouse.

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Salmon

Certain types of fish and sushi are not safe during pregnancy, but feel free to load up on salmon this week. Salmon is rich in healthy fats and vitamin D for your growing baby. Enjoying salmon two to three times per week can help you get all the omega-3 fatty acids you need.

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Mangos

Even if a babymoon is not in the budget this time around, you can take a trip to the tropics with a fun mango dessert! It’s easy to add mangos to smoothies or salsa—and they’re high in vitamins A and C. They will also help keep you hydrated.

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Sweet Potatoes

Can’t get enough salty snacks right now? Put down the greasy chips and embrace those cravings with a healthier option like these rosemary sweet potato fries. They’re rich and flavorful while giving your baby plenty of vitamin A for healthy development.

Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.

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