What is Good Nutrition During Pregnancy?

Embarking on the extraordinary journey of motherhood is a transformative experience, and prioritizing optimal health for both you and your growing baby is paramount. Central to achieving this is the careful consideration of prenatal nutrition and supplementation.

In this enlightening video, we have the privilege of featuring Dr. Cole Messersmith from Ob-Gyn Associates of Advantia, who offers invaluable guidance on the essential elements of prenatal nutrition and the role of supplementation.

Prenatal Nutrition

Prenatal nutrition plays a pivotal role in supporting the health and development of both the mother and the unborn child. Through our conversation with Dr. Messersmith, we explore the critical components that comprise a well-rounded prenatal diet.

Recent studies in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, highlight the importance of key nutrients such as folic acid, iron, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy. Cole emphasizes the significance of a diverse and balanced diet and that “eating for two” isn’t really all that true.

Instead, expectant mothers should focus on the right nutrients that are vital for the healthy growth and development of the baby, as well as supporting the mother’s overall well-being during pregnancy.

Prenatal Supplementation

In addition to a wholesome diet, prenatal supplementation is often recommended to address specific nutrient requirements during pregnancy. Dr. Messersmith provides insightful guidance on the rationale behind prenatal supplementation and the role it plays in enhancing prenatal care.

Recent meta-analyses featured in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, highlight the benefits of prenatal supplementation in reducing the risk of certain birth defects and promoting healthy pregnancy outcomes. Cole stresses the importance of consulting with a healthcare provider before initiating any supplementation regimen, ensuring that expectant mothers receive personalized recommendations tailored to their individual needs.

Expert Guidance with Women’s Health Providers

Dr. Cole Messersmith, like all of our women’s health providers, offer expertise in prenatal care and women’s health. With a deep commitment to empowering expectant mothers with the knowledge they need, our providers are here to answer all of your questions regarding prenatal nutrition, supplementation, and more.

Furthermore, knowledge is a powerful tool in the hands of expectant mothers. Research featured in the Maternal and Child Nutrition journal highlighs the positive impact of education and counseling on maternal nutrition, emphasizing its potential to improve birth outcomes and maternal health.

By equipping women with the information they need to make informed decisions about their nutrition and supplementation, we aim to foster a supportive environment that prioritizes the health and well-being of both mother and child.


Nurturing health during pregnancy is a multifaceted endeavor that encompasses various elements, with prenatal nutrition and supplementation standing as cornerstone factors. Through the expert insights and research, we emphasize the significance of a well-balanced prenatal diet, coupled with personalized supplementation as necessary, in ensuring the optimal health of both the expectant mother and her baby.

Remember, consulting with a healthcare provider is crucial in determining the most suitable nutritional and supplementation approach for your unique pregnancy journey. To learn more about Dr. Messersmith and gain further insight into prenatal care, visit his bio page or use the button below to find a women’s health provider near you.

Concerns or questions? Do not hesitate to reach out to one of our women’s health providers.