For some of us, the best part about pregnancy was the food! Hotdogs at random times in the morning, spaghetti and pasta sauce with extra cheese at 2 am. I mean, how could you not love it. Even though we got to take advantage of our cravings, we also had to be mindful of what we were eating. Good nutrition during pregnancy is important for your baby to grow and develop. 

Below lists the pregnancy power foods that are high in the nutrients you need during pregnancy. Choosing foods from this list can help you maintain a well-balanced diet. Benefits of eating the foods listed are:

  • aiding digestion and combatting constipation
  • helps with pregnancy fatigue 
  • promotes healthy tissue and brain growth for baby
  • promotes baby’s growth
  • and so much more!

Let’s get shopping. Here are the categories you can choose from when at the supermarket. Remember, you are stocking up on healthy foods and avoiding sugars and other unhealthy items that may be tempting.

Calcium-Rich Foods

  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Nuts
  • Kale
  • Broccoli

Iron-Rich Foods

  • Eggs
  • Leafy Vegetables
  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Lean Meats
  • Breakfast Cereals

Vitamin-Rich Foods

  • Strawberries
  • Grapefruits
  • Honeydew
  • Papaya
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Avacado
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Broccoli

Protein-Rich Foods

  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Lean Beef


  • Brown Rice
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Potatoes
  • Fresh Fruit

What should not be in your shopping cart!

  • Some soft cheeses such as blue cheeses, mold-ripened cheeses or foods made from unpasteurized milk
  • Cold, cured meats that are not cooked thoroughly
  • Liver and liver products
  • Swordfish, Marlin, Shark, Raw Shellfish
  • Alcohol
  • Soda
  • Cigarettes

This list is not exhaustive but we hope it’s been helpful. What do you have in your shopping cart Mamas-to be?


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