KEEPING YOURSELF HEALTHY DURING PREGNANCY
Planning a Healthy Diet
Keeping yourself healthy will give you the best chance of having a healthy pregnancy. Eat foods from the five food groups to be sure that you maintain the proper nutrition during pregnancy.
Grains – Breads, pasta, cereals, and tortillas are all grains.
Fruits – Fruits can be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, but eat fresh fruit whenever possible. Juice that is 100% fruit juice also counts (just watch any added sugar).
Vegetables – Vegetables can be raw or cooked, frozen, canned, dried, or 100% vegetable juice. Although canned vegetable juice can contain a lot of sodium.
Protein – Protein foods include meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, soy products, nuts, and seeds.
Dairy – Milk and products made from milk, such as cheese, yogurt, and ice cream, are all dairy.
Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins and minerals are important for all of your body’s functions. During pregnancy, you will need more folic acid and iron. Also be sure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D. The best way to get those extra recommended amounts is by taking a prenatal vitamin supplement. Making sure that you eat a well-rounded diet should ensure that you get all of the other vitamins and minerals you need during pregnancy.
Weight Gain During Pregnancy
The amount of weight that you should gain during pregnancy depends on several factors, such as your health and weight before pregnancy. Being overweight or obese during pregnancy can result in complications effecting both mother and baby. Healthy weight-gain should be discussed with Dr. Mager as your pregnancy progresses.