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Have a Healthy Pregnancy

Healthy eating habits during pregnancy are an important factor for you and your baby. Eating for two does not necessarily mean you will double your food intake. To maintain a healthy pregnancy, you will need to increase your dietary intake about 300 calories. Your total intake should be about 2,500 to 2,700 calories a day.

Restricting your food intake and consuming fewer calories during pregnancy can impact the health of your baby.

If you are underweight before pregnancy, the recommended weight gain is 28-40 pounds.

If you are overweight before pregnancy, the recommended weight gain is 15-25 pounds.

If you are a diabetic, talk to your doctor about keeping your diabetes under control during pregnancy.

Eating Tips

  • Fruits and vegetables: seven or more servings a day.
  • Whole grain or enriched bread/cereal: six-nine servings a day.
  • Dairy: four or more servings a day. Avoid soft cheeses.
  • Protein: 60 grams of protein a day.
  • Calcium: 1,300 mg a day.
  • Water: Six 8-ounce glasses a day.

Also, take a multivitamin and folic acid.

What to Avoid

  • Caffeine because it takes away the water intake you need for the health of you and your baby.
  • Eating more than 12 ounces of fish or 6 ounces of tuna a week. Do not eat shark, swordfish, mackerel or tile fish because they contain high levels of mercury.
  • Alcohol is not safe at all.
  • Uncooked meat; make sure meats are cooked well to avoid food-borne illnesses.
  • You may want to try to eat frequent smaller meals, drink fluid between meals, and avoid greasy, fried, or spicy foods if you are experiencing nausea.