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Ask A Nutritionist: What Foods Support A Healthy Pregnancy?

By: Megan Holdaway, RDN

  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021
  • 1 Minute Read   

In this episode of Ask a Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Megan Holdaway answers the question, "What foods should pregnant and nursing moms eat?” Good nutrition during pregnancy and while breastfeeding supports the health of both mother and her child during these stages and into the future. Focusing on consuming nutritious foods along with several key nutrients like folic acid, iron, iodine and choline contribute to healthy fetal development and defect prevention. 

Megan provides examples of nutritious foods to eat during pregnancy like milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, meats, beans, peas and lentils that support the growth of a child’s brain and spinal cord, among other fetal developments.

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Ask a Nutritionist is an educational video series developed by Dairy Council of California and hosted by registered dietitian nutritionists for educational and informational purposes only. It does not provide individualized nutrition advice and is not intended to be a substitute for recommendations made by your doctor, registered dietitian nutritionist or other health professional. Always seek the guidance of your health care professionals for any specific questions you may have regarding your health or medical condition. If you wish to seek clarification,  please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Megan Holdaway, RDN

Megan Holdaway, RDN

Megan Holdaway is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the Nutrition Science Program Manager at Dairy Council of California.

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