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A well-balanced diet for Mom and Baby is always best!

A well-balanced diet to help ensure the health of mom and baby throughout the nine months of pregnancy includes:

  • Protein
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium Fruits and Vegetables
  • Whole Grains
  • Iron-Rich Foods
  • Adequate Fat

A simple way to satisfy your nutritional needs during pregnancy is to eat a variety of foods from each of the food groups every day. Avoid unhealthy quick snacks.

How much should I expect to gain with my pregnancy?

If your weight was in the normal range before you got pregnant, a weight gain of 25-35 pounds is recommended.

It's important for a woman to discuss and monitor her weight and nutritional needs with her doctor throughout the pregnancy.

Weight gain recommendations will vary for women who are underweight before conceiving, for those who are obese, and for those with a multiple pregnancy (twins etc.).

Eating For Two?

Pregnant women are bombarded with advice in regards to eating right but not all advice is good and it can be a little overwhelming.

Eating healthy foods is more important now than ever! You need more protein, iron, calcium, and folic acid than you did before pregnancy. You also need more calories.

But "eating for two" doesn't mean eating twice as much. Rather, it means that the foods you eat are the main source of nutrients for your baby.