Protein in PregnancyProtein is very important in pregnancy. This helps the cells reproduce in the baby. Some examples of a serving of protein would be: 3/4 cup of low fat cottage cheese, 1 3/4 cups of low fat plain yogurt, 3 ounces of skinless chicken or turkey, 3 1/2 ounces of fish or shrimp, 5 or 6 ounces of tofu, 1 serving of vegetarian meats with protein, 5 ounces of crab, lobster or clams.

It is recommended that the pregnant woman consume 3 servings of protein per day.

Serving Protein Vegetarian Style

We touched on the vegetarian a little but let’s take a closer look at what this mom can really eat to meat her needs in this area. This mom-to-be should have 4 servings of protein per day. Vegetarian moms can get their protein from legumes, grains, nuts, and dairy foods.

What Foods are High in Protein?

Some examples of each would be: 2 cups of cooked black-eyed peas, 1 1/2 cups of navy, lima, pinto, kidney beans, 1 1/4 cups of nonfat milk, 2 large eggs, 1/2 cup of peanuts, 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2/3 cup of oats, 1/3 cup wheat germ, 2 ounces of soy pasta. This just gives an idea of how you are to eat for yourself and baby.

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