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Nutrients for the first trimester

Updated: Apr 11

The first trimester of pregnancy is a crucial time for nourishing both you and your baby. It's during these early weeks that the foundation is laid for your baby's growth and development. One of the key focuses during this period is on the nutrients that are essential for supporting a healthy pregnancy.


Folate


One of the most important nutrients during the first trimester is folate. Folate is crucial for proper cell division and placenta development, and it also helps reduce the risk of neural tube defects. You can find folate in a variety of foods, including green leafy vegetables, legumes, whole grains like quinoa and wild rice, and avocados.



Choline


Another essential nutrient during the first trimester is choline. Choline plays a vital role in brain and neural tube development, and it helps in growing a healthy placenta. Choline-rich foods include egg yolks, meats such as chicken, beef, and turkey, salmon, beef liver, and whole grains like quinoa and wheat.


DHA


DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, is also important during the first trimester. DHA is essential for brain and neural tube development, as well as for eye development and reducing the risk of preterm birth. You can find DHA in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, or sardines, as well as in grass-fed organic meat, nori seaweed, and goat's cheese.

 

It's important to note that while these nutrients are crucial during pregnancy, all micronutrients are essential for your health and the health of your baby. It's always best to chat with your healthcare provider about what's right for you and your pregnancy. By focusing on these key nutrients and maintaining a balanced diet, you can help ensure a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby ! See Holly's pregnancy package here.

 

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