Give an egg a break! The nutrient-packed powerhouse contributes to a healthy baby and a healthy you. “It’s the ideal source of protein, offering you and your baby all the essential amino acids you need to build muscles, hormones and enzymes,” says Allison Tannis, M.S., R.H.N., co-author of The 100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Pregnancy (Fair Winds Press).
Egg yolks are packed with zinc (to lower your risk for preterm birth and help your baby build DNA) and vitamin B12 (boosted levels of this B vitamin in pregnant women meant less colicky newborns, Dutch scientists found). Eggs are also one of the best sources of choline, a key nutrient for fetal brain and nervous cell development, says Kathy McManus, M.S., R.D., director of the department of nutrition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
In fact, recent research found that choline consumption during pregnancy can also reduce your child’s chances of developing hypertension and diabetes later in life. So start thinking of the oval avengers as an inexpensive and versatile pregnancy superfood you can enjoy anytime.