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17 weeks pregnant

Go pro(tein)

Present in all cells, protein is necessary to help grow and maintain body tissues (such as muscle -- and pretty much every part of that baby you're making), to carry delivering nutrients (fats, vitamins and minerals) throughout the body, aid in antibody production, and also help to regulate metabolism.

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The extra 10-plus grams of protein you need per day during pregnancy is approximately equivalent to the amount in 1-1/2 ounces of meat or 1-1/4 cups of milk. Some good sources of protein are meats, poultry, fish, dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese), eggs, whole grains, tofu, nuts, beans, and other legumes. 

If you’re looking for some tasty ways to make sure you get enough protein, here are nine ideas:

  1. Burrito — rice, beans and cheese with the meat of your choice
  2. Chicken salad
  3. Chili — with several kinds of beans and ground turkey or beef
  4. Cottage cheese (or ricotta)
  5. Egg salad or deviled eggs
  6. Frozen yogurt or yogurt with fruit
  7. Hummus — nice served with pita bread
  8. Smoothies and milkshakes — add protein powder for an extra boost
  9. Soup — lentil, split pea and navy bean are all legumes high in protein

In real life

"I caught my husband watching me try different positions to buckle a pair of sandals last weekend, with a smile on his face. He said it was 'fun' to see me figure it out and he wonders what I'll do when I get bigger. These small moments to mean a lot to me because it shows he is excited about what's happening and the changes the baby has in store for both of us!" ­- Christine


Cold turkey on the coffee

Says P&B blogger Jennifer: "I'll level with you, NOT drinking coffee was probably the hardest part of my pregnancy; possibly even harder than my marathon two day labor. And no, sadly, I'm not joking, I am a serious coffee drinker. I like at least three or four cups in the morning and more later in the day, so not having any during pregnancy about killed me." Fortunately, she shares some tips Break your coffee habit during pregnancy.

Quit the coffee

So while you're considering quitting the java, how about trying some tea, instead?


Extra!

If you are carrying twins but do not know it yet, AFP (alpha fetaprotein) tests will catch approximately 65% of twin pregnancies. In twin pregnancies, AFP results are not reliable because there is no way to determine the alpha fetoprotein levels from each separate baby. Further tests are usually indicated. Read more about the AFP test and other prenatal testing here.

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