You require at least 60 grams of protein per day. Protein is critical for development of all new cells. In pregnancy, protein is necessary for your and your baby’s development. Your baby will need significant amount of protein in order to allow it and its placenta to develop well.
You, as a pregnant woman, will be putting on extra muscle, your blood volume will increase by about 30%, and your body will need to store protein in order to prepare for lactation. Therefore, during pregnancy, a minimum of 60 grams of protein is recommended per day. If you are having twins, your minimum daily protein intake should be 90 grams.
The best sources of animal proteins are those that are free of hormones and antibiotics. For red meat, grass-fed is your best option because it is the most “clean.” For eggs and dairy, go organic in order to avoid additional additives associated with animals. Other good protein sources include low-mercury fish such as salmon, calamari and shrimp. Also include moderate amount of lentils, quinoa, legumes, beans, raw nuts and fresh peas.