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7 Must-Have Prenatal Pantry Staples

Stock your kitchen with these non-perishables, and you’ll always have a healthy meal on hand.

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For a tasty dinner that’s ready in minutes, look no further than a can of soup. Broth-based soups, like chicken noodle or minestrone, serve up vegetables and protein for a reasonable amount of calories. For a more filling meal, you can stir in an extra serving of brown rice or whole-wheat pasta, beans, and vegetables. Just make sure that you reach for a can with “low-sodium” on the label, which guarantees it contains 140 milligrams of sodium or less per serving. (“Reduced-sodium” means it has 25 percent less than the original, which can still have too much of the salty stuff.)

One caveat: Preliminary research has linked BPA, a chemical found in the lining of cans, to developmental problems in fetuses. Although the studies aren’t definitive, you may want to play it safe and opt for BPA-free canned goods.

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