Healthy Pregnancy Diet

Healthy Dos and Don'ts

Do:

  • Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of liquid a day
  • Eat fiber-rich foods like All Bran cereal and dried fruits to prevent constipation
  • Include healthy omega-3 fatty acids by eating nuts, flaxseed and occasional fish
  • Try these special hints to ease nausea or heartburn:
  • Eat several small meals a day rather than three big ones
  • Consume ginger in any form, especially ginger tea (grate 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh ginger root into hot water, simmer and add honey to taste)
  • Take vitamin B-6 supplements (get an OK from your doctor)
  • Eat a high-carbohydrate food 10 to 15 minutes before getting up, such as dry cereal or crackers
  • Drink liquids separately from meals
  • Avoid fatty and strong-smelling foods
  • Try sucking on ice chips
  • Eat more carbohydrates such as rice, toast, baked potatoes, pasta

 

Don't:

  • Eat greasy or fried food
  • Consume caffeine
  • Drink alcohol
  • Eat any freshwater fish as well as swordfish and fresh tuna
  • Eat any dairy products made from unpasteurized milk, especially soft cheeses
  • Eat pre-prepared salads from delis or grocery stores
  • Eat unwashed fruits, vegetables and unpasteurized juice
  • Take supplements containing more than 100% of the recommended daily intake
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