Eating well is one of the most important things a pregnant woman can do for her own health and the health of her unborn baby. Here are some tips to making sure that you’re eating right for you and your baby.
• 50 to 75 percent of your diet should include a variety of grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes. The remaining portion should include extra-lean, protein-rich and low-fat, calcium-rich items.
• Include at least one grain and one fruit or vegetable at every snack. Vary your choices.
• Eat several or more small meals instead of two or three large ones – they’re easier to digest.
• Drink at least eight glasses of liquid (water, juice, milk or soup) each day.
• Take your prenatal vitamin supplement.
Instead of “junk food,” select healthy snacks, such as unbuttered popcorn, cheese with crackers or unsalted pretzels.
How Much Weight Should You Gain?
Many women wonder how much weight they should gain during pregnancy. Ask your doctor or midwife the range he or she recommends. While most health-care providers say that there is no exact amount that women should gain, they’ll certainly let you know if you’re gaining weight too slowly or too quickly.