13 Things You Need to Know About Food and Your Pregnancy

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on February 21, 2014 · 0 comments

How you take care of yourself during pregnancy directly affects your developing baby because the two of you are an inseparable pair

1. Your baby’s growth is continuous, requiring a steady supply of nutrients. If you skip a meal, ask yourself, “Who’s feeding my baby?”

2. Smoking isn’t good for either of you. If interferes with the use of vitamin C and folic acid, both necessary for proper development.

3. For now, skip uncooked dishes such as carpaccio, sushi and serviche, soft-cooked eggs, game, unpasteurized juice and cheese, and rare cooked meats as they may carry bacteria that could be harmful to your developing baby.

4. Many fee a little alcohol during pregnancy is OK. But, we simple don’t know if that is true. Be smart; don’t put your baby at risk.

5. The easiest way to get a wide assortment of important nutrients is to select colorful foods – red, blue, green, white, tan, yellow, brown – aim to eat a rainbow daily.

6. All foods are mixtures of nutrients. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C, but it also contains needed folic acid and potassium. Everything you eat counts.

7. Craving something sweet? Instead of cake, cookies or candy choose ready-to-eat, sweetened cereal. It’s made from grain, low in fat, fortified with iron and folic acid, may be rich in fiber, and averages just 100 calories a cup. A great choice when you have the munchies.

8. Eat breakfast. It is important to “break” your nighttime “fast.” If it isn’t your favorite meal, be inventive and try pizza, yogurt, a smoothie, a sandwich or dinner leftovers.

9. A large glass of juice plus seltzer and a bowl of popcorn are not only a satisfying TV snack but a helpful remedy for third trimester constipation. Did you know popcorn is a whole grain and rich in fiber?

10. Not crazy about cooked vegetables, try sliced fresh tomatoes, raw carrots and fat free dip, coleslaw, raw celery or pepper strips, a wedge of watermelon or a fruit cup instead.

11. Stick with your health care practitioner’s recommendation for vitamin and mineral supplements. If you want a “little extra” eat more fruits and vegetables. 

12. Drink plenty of fluids – water, mineral water, nonfat milk and juice. Cutting back doesn’t minimize minor swelling and won’t cut down all those annoying, frequent trips to the bathroom. 

13. For some extra folic acid – needed to form every one of your baby’s new cells – have a glass of orange juice, sprinkle wheat germ on your cereal, eat some spinach, or enjoy bean dip as a snack. 

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