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10 Facts About Pregnancy After Age 35

2. Healthy Diet Is Vital

A healthy, balanced diet is vital for all pregnant women, regardless of age. Oftentimes, an older woman is more prone to pregnancy weight gain, which can contribute to further complications and energy drain during her pregnancy. But a well-balanced diet (plus prenatal vitamins) that focuses on whole, natural foods and quality proteins should do its part to prevent excess weight and ensure both mom and baby are properly nourished.

In particular, doctors and pregnancy nutrition experts recommend that you increase your calcium intake, and that natural sources are better than supplements. Aim to eat at least four servings of calcium-rich dairy per day, to go along with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens and citrus fruits. Beans, lean meat and whole grains should round out your diet, and while you may experience cravings for sweet or salty treats, try your best to indulge them only in moderation.

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