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Pregnancy Safe Foods

Get Your Whole-Food Fix

Between taking care of a newborn, prepping for your return to work after maternity leave, and still decorating the nursery, getting a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables can feel more stressful than the thought of having your least favorite in-law move in next door.

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The New Prenatal Power Food?

Go nuts: Eating peanuts during pregnancy may reduce your baby’s risk of developing the all-too-common nut allergy, says a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

The Perfect Prenatal Smoothie: Mango Ginger

This rich and creamy smoothie gets a bit of protein from low-fat Greek yogurt, and a delicious jolt of flavor from crystallized ginger (which also happens to relieve morning sickness!).

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Doctors have long struggled to understand why some women develop gestational diabetes and others don’t. Extra weight plays a role, but many slim, otherwise healthy women find their blood glucose inching higher during pregnancy. What else could be going on?

Tex-Mex Pizza

With tomato salsa, beans and avocado, this pizza is like an open-faced quesadilla. Black beans are a low-fat source of protein and fiber, and avocado delivers folate, a B vitamin that helps prevent neural-tube defects. Avocado has also been linked to a reduction in morning sickness. Related: Your Guide to Healthier Pizza (3 More Recipes)

Squash, Chicken and Kale Pizza

A winter squash spread replaces tomato sauce and packs vitamin A to help boost your immune system during pregnancy. Kale adds vitamin C, which aids in the development of your baby’s brain. Related: Your Guide to Healthier Pizza (3 More Recipes)

Smoked Salmon Pizza

The crispy thin crust of this pizza is a wonderful contrast to velvety soft smoked salmon. Similar to fresh, smoked salmon contains loads of omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that loading up on marine-sourced omega-3s during pregnancy can reduce the incidence of depression symptoms as well as the risk of a preterm or low-birthweight baby. Salmon also provides hard-to-get vitamin D, which helps your baby build strong bones and teeth.

Mediterranean Steak Pizza

With fewer than 2 grams of saturated fat in 3 ounces, sirloin is one of the leanest red meats. But what it lacks in fat, sirloin makes up for with plenty of iron, a mineral moms-to-be need to help stave off pregnancy-induced anemia and deliver oxygen for your baby’s development. Spinach also provides iron, which helps develop red blood cells. Related: Your Guide to Healthier Pizza (3 More Recipes)

DIY Pizza Dough

Making pizza dough from scratch isn’t as complicated as you might think. This no-fail recipe produces a wonderfully thin crust. But if you’re short on time (or too intimidated to make your own), stop by your local pizzeria and ask if they’ll sell you some of their dough to take home. Whether homemade or from the grocery store, be sure your dough includes some whole-grain flour for a larger dose of pregnancy must-haves, such as fiber and vitamins.

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