Nutrition Tips for Pregnancy
A pregnant mother eats for two,her baby and herself.
Did you know that a baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months
of pregnancy? That's why making smart food choices now can help set your child up
to have a Happy smile Healthy smile for Life. The IDA recommends that during your
pregnancy a sufficient quantity of nutrients—especially vitamins A,B, C, and D,
protein, calcium and phosphorous—are needed.
List of tips to follow during pregnancy:
Eat a variety of healthy foods, such as fruits; vegetables; whole- grain products
such as cereals, breads or crackers; and dairy products like milk, cheese, cottage
cheese or unsweetened yogurt.
Refrain from Eat fewer foods high in sugar, including candy, cookies, cake, and
dried fruit; and avoid drinks fewer beverages high in sugar, including juice, fruit-
flavored drinks, or soft drinks.
For snacks, choose foods low in sugar such as fruits, vegetables, cheese and unsweetened
Read food labels so you can choose foods lower in sugar.
If you have trouble with nausea, try eating small amounts of healthy foods throughout
Drink water or milk instead of juice, fruit-flavored drinks or soft drinks.
Drink water throughout the day, especially between meals and snacks.
To reduce the risk of birth defects, get 600 micrograms of folic acid each day throughout
your pregnancy. Take a dietary supplement of folic acid and eat foods high in folate
and foods fortified with folic acids, including:
Asparagus, broccoli and leafy green vegetables such as lettuce and spinach
Legumes (beans, peas, lentils)
Papaya, tomato juice, oranges or orange juice, strawberries, cantaloupe and bananas
Grain products fortified with folic acid (breads, cereals, cornmeal, flour, pasta,
Deficiency of these nutrients affects tooth development in various ways:
Calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D :Hard structure of tooth is less
Vitamin A :Reduced enamel formation
Flouride:Increased demineralization of tooth in acidic environment
Excess flouride:Leads to Fluorosis.