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Pregnancy Safe Foods

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.

The 10 Essential Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy

1) PLAN AHEAD

“Start getting healthy even before you become pregnant,” advises Siobhan Dolan, M.D., M.P.H., medical adviser to the March of Dimes and professor of obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York. (Already pregnant?

Stick to Your Vegetarian (or Vegan!) Diet

Eating well during pregnancy is a given. But that doesn’t mean you have to ditch your vegetarian or vegan diet. Medical experts, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, have given you the green light to continue your current way of eating.

A vegetarian (meat-free) or vegan (no animal products) diet can help prevent obesity and decrease the risk of chronic illnesses, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

It’s also more Earth-friendly than the typical American carnivore’s diet.

More Ways You Could be Using Greek Yogurt

Some foods are so flexible and multi-purpose they’re perfect to keep on hand every day. But “staple” is almost too small a word for the amazing versatility that is Greek yogurt. For starters, there’s the creamy texture and rich taste.

Greek yogurt is also a pre- and postnatal nutrition slam dunk: The low-fat variety clocks in at 170 calories, 23 grams of protein and a whopping 25% of most women’s daily calcium requirements for one cup. 

Is Soy Safe During Pregnancy?

The relationship between science and soy has been a tumultuous one. It seems like as soon as research suggests that eating soy can help prevent disease, a newer study refutes its findings.

Perfect Vinaigrette

The easiest way to incorporate more leafy greens into your diet is by eating salads.  Full of fiber, folates, and antioxidants, greens are an excellent addition to your healthy prenatal diet—or after baby arrives!  However, salad every day for lunch or dinner can get pretty boring.

Easy Ingredients for 20 Minute Meals: Lemon Grilled Shrimp with Orzo and Broccoli

You’re going to pick up a lot of new tricks when the baby arrives; from diapering to stroller-folding to learning how to master everyday tasks as a one-handed, baby-balancing wonder. A great trick to pick up now? Have a few easy, delicious, healthy, go-to dinners down, preferably using staple ingredients you can keep on hand at all times. Trust us: 20 Minute Meals will be life savers both now and after the baby comes.

Easy, Anytime Idea: Cheddar and Chive Mini Quiches

What defines a great snack or light meal—especially for busy expecting or new moms?

* Simple to put together with a short list of “always at the ready” ingredients. No last-minute runs to the store, please.

* Able to be made ahead in batches, and equally delicious served fresh or reheated. This is no time to be on your feet and cooking constantly.

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