So you are pregnant, Congrats! Now everything you do for the next 9 months will be for you and your baby. This includes eating for two, and WhyBlackBabies wants to ensure you and your baby(s) flourish! The following are some of the most crucial vitamins and minerals you and your baby(s) will need:
- Protein – Makes you super strong. A key component for your baby’s body building, cause there’s no gym in your womb. Look toward lean and clean proteins.
- Complex carbs – Look for complex carbs found in whole grains and veggies for energy and fiber. Although they say simple is always better, that’s not true when it comes to carbohydrates, so stay away from simple carbs such as refined sugars and white flour.
- Healthy fats – Fats help to metabolize vitamins, but you’ll want healthy fats such as in dairy, eggs, olive oil, and avocados. However, there’s a fair amount of calories in fatty foods, so you’ll want to limit the amount you consume accordingly.
- Calcium – You’ve seen all those commercials of how milk builds healthy bones and teeth, right? Well it’s true because of calcium, and you’ll need tons of calcium in your case since you’ll need to have enough calcium for your baby’s body as well as your own.
- Iron – Important for producing hemoglobin, which carries oxygen through the bloodstream. Extremely vital for supplying your baby with oxygen as well as its own blood supply. You’ll need about twice as much iron as is normally suggested by health experts, which equates to about 30 milligrams a day.
- Vitamin A & Beta Carotene – For healthy skin, bones, and eyes. Also contributes to cell growth.
- Vitamin B1, B2, B3 – B1 for high energy and nervous system regulation. B2 for maintaining energy, good eyesight, and healthy skin. Finally, B3 for healthy skin, nerves, and digestion.
- Vitamin C – Helps build collagen, which is a protein that makes up bones, cartilage, muscles, and blood vessels.
- Vitamin D – Helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorous.
- Vitamin E – For body development and helps it to use red blood cells and muscles.
- Zinc – Recently, it was found that zinc helps a lot in aiding fetal growth.
- Folic Acid – Absolutely crucial if you’re pregnant. Folic acid, or folate, helps to produce more blood as well as keeps enzymes working. It also prevents neural tube defects, which are serious birth defects of the spinal cord and brain, as well as other types of serious defects. Most prenatal vitamins contain enough folic acid, although getting it naturally from real foods is always the best method.
Mark your calendars (New post every week) because in the next post we will discuss the types of foods to avoid to ensure a healthy pregnancy! Until then, we’d love to hear from you so feel free to give us your feedback on our posts and share your thoughts and opinions. Visit and like/follow our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) with more information supporting the cause of keeping black babies alive and healthy! Take advantage of Mama Talk… get involved and join the conversation! More resources and help can be found at our website – spread the word!