Nine Necessary Nutrients for Pregnant Women

From the start to end of pregnancy, there are main nutrients that are required. Three meals per day must have an equal balance of carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, fat, and calcium, these nutrients very easy to receive in your diet.

Main Nutrients



This is contained within brain cells, a sufficient intake of DHA will leave the brain feeling agile and will help brain development, memory and learning ability. Sardines, mackerel, bass, blue and black-backed fish also contains a lots of DHA.


For those wishing for an agile mind and youthful vigor, brain waste matter needs to be constantly cleaned, this is the function of protein. Not only this but the constitution of the body’s flesh, blood, skin, hair, fingernails and all manner of enzymes requires protein.

So the protein contained within grains, also with a good quality animal fat must be consumed frequently.


The nutrients that give our body energy are fat, protein and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are what gives our brain energy. Foods such as fruit, vegetables and grains are full of saturated carbohydrates and should be eated regularly. Energy is needed when exercising, so carbohydrates needs to be quickly transformed into energy. The saturated carbohydrates must be broken down into glucose, and the glucose turns into energy for the brain to use.


Insufficient intake of iron will lead to lower counts of red blood cells and pigments. Skin and mucuous membranes will turn whiter which will grive rise to fatugue, dizziness, headaches and anemia. Foods packed with iron are meats, fish, eggs, yellow and green vegetables and seaweed. The fetus, irrespective of the mother’s needs, will always have first refusal of all the nutrients available. So if the iron level is too low, the mother will show signs and the situation must be quickly remedied. If the iron level is taken in excess it will cause the fetus to have serious pregnancy complications, so please be sure to take iron in suitable quantities.

Small Block of Common Knowledge

A Can of Sardines per Week

Cans of sardines are all manufactured in America and exported. This size fish will be harmful to the fetus because they may have been contaminated by mercury. According to American Food and Drug administration, there is no specific recommendation on how much sardine is safe for a pregnant woman to consume, but it is a general consensus to eat two cans of sardines per week. But if mixed with other fish products, then one can per week is sufficient. Sardines will hlep the brain delevoplment and heart of the child, and the fat nutrition is very high. At one point, the risk of mercury poisoning is unclear.

The level of mercury poisoning is different for each type of fish. The larger the fish, the more severe the mercury poisoning. The FDA informed us that special caution should be taken with shark and large deep-water fish. But when cooking with sardines, other types of canned fish or small Atlantic Ocean fish, it is best not to exceed 12 ounces to be safe.

According to the reports from the American FDA, 8% of American menopausal women has dangerous levels of mercury in their blood. Futhermore, every year, there are approximately 60,000 children born who, due to mercury poisoning from the mother, have developed learning difficulties.

So pay attention as well to the nutrients of the food that you are eating.

Sandra Henderson

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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