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Your Pregnancy Weekly Guide:
Between the 17th week and 20th week of pregnancy, your baby’s lungs are getting close to being able to function, while layers of brown fat start to grow.
As you know, eating a balanced diet with colourful, nutritious foods and taking a prenatal multivitamin significantly impact you and your baby’s health.
During your 17th week of pregnancy, it’s important to continue boosting your pregnancy diet with these specific nutrients (be sure to check with your health professional before making any significant dietary changes):
Vitamin B12 is an essential B vitamin involved in the formation of all body tissues. Vitamin B12 is required for normal replication of cells, especially those of the gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow and nervous system. At week 17, your baby is growing (replicating cells) rapidly. This is why it is so important that you include vitamin B12 in your diet. Vitamin B12 is only found in foods of animal origin, so vegetarians should make sure they are getting sufficient amounts from food sources that are allowable under their dietary guidelines, or from proper supplementation.
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin B12 for pregnant women is 2.6 micrograms, and 2.8 micrograms during breastfeeding.
Here is a list of common foods that contain vitamin B12:
|Food:||Serving:||Vitamin B12 Amount:|
|Milk||250 mL||1.1-1.4 mcg|
|Yogurt||175 g||0.8-1.0 mcg|
|Fortified soy beverage||250 g||1.0 mcg|
|Eggs||1 egg||0.55-0.65 mcg|
|Salmon, cooked||75 g||2.3-4.4 mcg|
|Beef, cooked||75 g||1.3-2.7 mcg|
|Yeast||2 g||1.0 mcg|
For additional food sources of vitamin B12, visit Dietitians of Canada
Women who do not consume meat or dairy foods should discuss with their health professional the need for a supplemental source of vitamin B12 during pregnancy.
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