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Shopping for Two
The Pregnant Girl's Guide to Groceries
and your baby-
strong and healthy
with these smart
BY STEPHANIE THURROTT
avigating the grocery aisles is tough
enough when you're eating for one.
Add a baby bump and the decisions get
more complicated. Use this handy guide
to remember which foods belong in your shopping
cart-and which should stay on the store shelves.
Have a Lot
Pour on the produce.
Fruits and vegetables are great
choices. Select a wide variety in
a range of colors for the biggest
nutrient punch. Just make sure
you wash everything well to reduce
the risk of toxoplasmosis (an
infection that can harm the baby)
and pesticide contamination.
Pull a Popeye. Spinach
and other iron-rich foods
are great choices for you and
your baby. Iron is key in building
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hemoglobin in your blood, and
you circulate up to 50 percent more
blood when you're pregnant.
Say cheese. Hard, pasteurized
cheeses and other dairy products
are good sources of calcium and
vitamin D, nutrients that help build
your baby's bones and keep yours
strong, too. But steer clear of soft
cheeses. They can contain germs
called listeria, which are particularly
dangerous to unborn babies.
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