When you’re pregnant, it’s especially important to care for all facets of your mind, body and spirit—that includes your dental health! Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do as preventative care while you’re pregnant to ensure that you and your baby are the healthiest you can be. Your Livonia dentist’s approach to holistic dental care includes a focus on nutrition, especially while you’re eating for two.
Since we mentioned “eating for two,” don’t make the mistake of many first-time mothers and assume that the “two” is you and another full-grown person! You don’t really need to up your caloric intake, you just need to make each calorie count for optimal nutrition.
Fruits and vegetables should also be half of the food on your plate, at each meal. If you need a snack between meals, these are your go-to items to tide you over. If you eat grains, make sure you’re going for whole grains like brown rice and non-instant oatmeal. Low-fat and fat-free dairy products are great, just make sure to check the labels; you don’t want food that has substituted chemicals for the missing fat.
Protein is also an important component of your diet. Choose lean proteins like poultry and fish, or go vegetarian with legumes, tofu and beans instead. Finally, take your vitamins! Ask your obstetrician to recommend a good supplement.