Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy Diet for Latinas
Eating a well-balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the health of your baby during pregnancy. But healthy eating doesn’t mean that you must follow one specific diet; instead, it means eating a variety of nutritious foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals to help fuel your body.
Latina mothers may face specific hurdles when it comes to getting the proper vitamins and nutrients during their pregnancies due to socioeconomic conditions, lack of support, a language barrier, and lack of resources.1 Knowing what makes a healthy diet can help you make good eating choices during your pregnancy.
- Diet may play a role in development of pregnancy complications among Hispanic/Latina women. American Heart Association. https://newsroom.heart.org/news/diet-may-play-a-role-in-development-of-pregnancy-complications-among-hispaniclatina-women. Accessed 3/24/2023.
- Nutrition During Pregnancy. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. https://acog.org/womens-health/faqs/nutrition-during-pregnancy#.Accessed 3/23/2023.
- Puerto Rican Favorites Made Healthy. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. https://eatright.org/food/cultural-cuisines-and-traditions/central-and-south-american/puerto-rican-favorites-made-healthy. Accessed 3/23/2023.
- Easy Ways to Lighten Up Your Mexican Fiesta. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. https://eatright.org/food/cultural-cuisines-and-traditions/central-and-south-american/easy-ways-to-lighten-up-your-mexican-fiesta. Accessed 3/23/2023.