Pregnancy Diet Information and Resources

The right diet can help you have a healthier pregnancy

  • 2 exchanges of fresh, dark green, leafy vegetables: broccoli, brussels sprouts, spinach, romaine lettuce... (Average exchange is 1/2 to 1 cup)
  • 5 exchanges of whole grain bread, starchy vegetables and fruits. (An average exchange is 1 slice bread, 1/2 cup cereal, pasta or rice, and 1/2 piece of fruit.)
  • 2 exchanges Vitamin C foods: orange, grapefruit, pepper, tomato, cantaloupe, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower (Average exchange is 1 fruit or 1/2 cup.)
  • 5 exchanges fats and oils. (1 tablespoon butter, oil or mayonnaise...)
  • 1 exchange Vitamin A food: carrots, peaches, sweet potato or yam, cantaloupe, apricots
  • Drink to thirst
  • Salt foods to taste
  • Liver (4 ounces) once a week

    This diet can be adapted for vegetarians, by using complementary protein at one meal. Choose to eat 2 plant proteins at the same time, such as rice and beans, or to eat some animal protein along with plant protein, such as eggs, cheese or milk.*

*Adapted diet in The Brewer Medical Diet for Normal and High Risk Pregnancy, 1983

Adapted with permission from Metabolic Toxemia of Late Pregnancy, Thomas Brewer, MD, 1982

Dr. Brewer, now retired in Vermont has his own Website, Blue Ribbon Baby Pages, continues to counsel pregnant moms who have questions about nutrition, preeclampsia and toxemia. He operates a free hotline. You can reach Dr. Brewer's Pregnancy Nutrition Hotline at: 802-388-0276.

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