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Nutrition During Pregnancy

Through the types and amounts of foods you eat during your pregnancy you provide the nourishment that is necessary for the growth and development of your baby.

  • The recommended amount of weight you should gain during your pregnancy is 25 to 35 pounds.
  • during the first three months of the pregnancy you will normally gain 2 to 4 pounds during the rest of the pregnancy you will normally gain about a pound per week
  • Your baby will get his or her nutrition directly from you. Therefore, it is important to eat healthy foods containing carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals.

    To be sure you are getting enough nutrients for you and your developing baby you need to eat three meals per day that include foods from each of the food groups
    • 2 to 3 servings of protein
    • 3 to 5 servings of vegetables
    • 2 to 3 servings of fruits
    • 6 to 11 servings of cereal/grain products
    • 4 servings of milk and milk products
  • It is important to eat healthy foods while you are pregnant.
    • fatty or overly sugared foods or drinks will contribute extra calories to your diet, but they contain little nutritional value and should therefore be avoided
  • If you are experiencing nausea (especially during the first 3 months) eating smaller and more frequent meals may help
    • you may want to try drinking liquids between rather than with your meals
    • eating crackers as a between meals snack may also help

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