Jump Start Your Prenatal Nutrition with Meal Planning
February 26, 2019
If you are preparing for pregnancy, you may find that you need to make adjustments to your diet. You may decide to prepare more meals at home to make sure you achieve new nutritional goals. Regular meal planning, together with a daily prenatal vitamin, can help you reach your nutritional goals and give your baby the best start in life.
Planning and prepping your meals can make your life easier, less stressful and more healthy. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should get on board with meal planning to support prenatal nutrition.
Meal Planning Saves Time, Money and Stress
Cooking meals at home can be less costly than eating out regularly, especially if you are feeding several people at each meal. You can plan meals around weekly specials at your local grocery store and incorporate in-season fruits and vegetables.
While meal planning and prepping does take some time up front, you’ll likely save time over the course of a few days or week. Your payoff comes when you aren’t spending hours running to the grocery store every day and racking your brain for something new and exciting to make. Plus, on those days when you go to the grocery store hungry, you may be tempted to buy more food than you need and make unhealthy purchasing decisions. By planning and prepping ahead, you can avoid those trips and impulse buys.
More Control Over Food Quality
Meal planning also gives you more control over the food that you put in your body. If you are planning for pregnancy or have a baby on the way, it’s important to eat plenty of whole grains, fruits, veggies and lean protein. If you are following an organic diet or limiting ultra-processed foods, meal planning means you’ll have fewer opportunities to slip up and make unhealthy food choices.
Easier Tracking of Nutrient Intake for Pregnancy
When you prepare food at home you can design meals that are suited to your specific nutritional needs. Over time, the nutritional needs of an expecting mother change. At each stage of pregnancy women need specific vitamins and minerals to support positive pregnancy outcomes.
Meal Planning During Each Stage of Pregnancy
Incorporate foods that are nutrient-rich into your meal planning for each stage of pregnancy. Click below to learn about which nutrients are important in each stage of pregnancy.
- Preconception Key Nutrients
- First Trimester Key Nutrients
- Second Trimester Key Nutrients
- Third Trimester Key Nutrients
- Postpartum & Breastfeeding Key Nutrients
Prescription Prenatal Vitamins for Conception, Pregnancy and Postpartum
Even meal-planning pros may find it difficult to reach their nutritional goals through diet alone. A daily prenatal vitamin is an effective way to help fill nutritional gaps. Prenate® Vitamin Family offers a line of prescription nutritional supplements designed for all stages of pregnancy, from preconception through postpartum.
Prenate® vitamins are formulated with the latest recommendations from obstetric and pediatric organizations in mind. Plus, nutrient forms are selected for their tolerability and absorbability. Talk with your doctor about whether a prescription prenatal vitamin from the Prenate® Vitamin Family may be right for you.