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Thanks for Filling My Plate: Thanksgiving and Pregnancy

turkey, mashed potatoes, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinnerWe know that we’re supposed to make good food choices while pregnant.

We know we are supposed to strive to gain between 25-35 pounds during our pregnancies. (You can check your weight gain against Babble’s calculator here.)

But, with the holidays approaching, staying on track can be tough.

If you’re like me, you’ll find it easy to get sidetracked by all of the amazing food.

What are the best things to fill your plate with on Thanksgiving?

Here are 6 foods that you can feel good about indulging in and why they’re great choices for you and your baby…


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    Cranberries can help protect against urinary tract and bladder infections, which is especially helpful during pregnancy.
    Click here for the recipe.
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    Green beans contain vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects tissues from damage, helps your body absorb iron, and strengthens your immune system.
    Click here for the recipe.
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    Potatoes are a great source of vitamin C and potassium, which helps maintain electrolyte levels as your blood volume increases. To keep your mashed potatoes as healthy as can be, trim the butter and use low-fat milk in place of half and half.
    Click here for the recipe.
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    Pumpkin is loaded with iron, zinc, and fiber and also contains vitamin C and beta carotene, which is important for the development of your baby's heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes, and bones, and also plays a key role in the growing circulatory, respiratory, and central nervous systems.
    Click here for the recipe.
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    Sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, potassium, and folic acid, which we know plays a huge role in preventing birth defects.
    Click here for the recipe.
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    Turkey delivers protein, niacin, and B6 and, if you skip the skin, has minimal fat. The amino acids that make up protein are the foundation for your baby's growing body.
    Click here to learn how to cook and carve a turkey.

What food are you most looking forward to indulging in? Is there one thing that you just have to have?

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