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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

You are what you eat, and your baby is too!

Published in OB/GYN Services, For the Health of It Author: Yvette Rodriguez, Certified Nurse Midwife

A healthy diet is essential to a healthy pregnancy. Poor nutrition during pregnancy is linked to preterm delivery, low birth weight infants and can predispose your baby to chronic health conditions later in her life. Not only is your health dependent on good nutrition but your baby’s is, too.

During pregnancy, you will need an additional 200-300 calories per day of your normal recommended caloric intake, but make them count!


Foods high in calcium are important for baby’s bone and teeth development as well as your own circulatory and muscle systems. You will need 1000 mg of calcium daily. High calcium foods include:

  • dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurts
  • dark leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale and chard
  • fortified cereals
  • fortified juices

Vitamin D

Along with calcium, Vitamin D is essential to bone and teeth growth. You will need a least 600 international units of Vitamin D a day, but more if you live in an area with less sun exposure.
Sources of Vitamin D include:

  • fortified dairy products
  • fortified breads
  • fortified juices


Protein is vital to your baby’s growth and development including cell and blood production.

Foods high in protein include:

  • lean meats
  • fish
  • poultry
  • eggs
  • lentils
  • peanut butter
  • unsalted nuts and seeds


Rich iron foods are needed to prevent anemia, a condition that is very common during pregnancy. Red bloods cells need iron to carry oxygen rich blood throughout your body as well as baby’s. High iron foods include:

  • whole grain products
  • lean meats
  • dark beans
  • dark leafy green vegetables
  • fortified cereals

Folic Acid

This Vitamin B product plays an important role in helping to prevent neural tube defects. It may also help prevent preterm delivery. Foods high in folic acid include:

  • fortified cereals
  • leafy green vegetables
  • beans
  • citrus fruits

Also remember

  • Avoid any alcohol during pregnancy. No amount is OK.
  • Limit you intake of salt. Too much salt can cause water retention and increase in blood pressure.
  • Limit caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant and does affect you baby.