Pregnant: Healthy Dieting During Pregnancy

  • Choose nutritious snacks. Instead of snacking on chips or pretzels, try raw vegetables or whole-grain crackers. If you're looking for something sweet, opt for yogurt instead of candy or cookies. If you're worried about gaining too much weight, avoid snacks high in fat and sugar.
  • Drink eight ounces of milk at each meal. If you don't like milk, try enriched soymilk. Yogurt and cheese will also help meet your calcium and vitamin D needs.
  • Avoid beverages with caffeine, such as coffee and soda. Drink water or skim milk instead.
  • Don't fall prey to fad diets, diet plans that limit the types of foods you eat, or weight-loss supplements. Those programs are just too dangerous for your developing baby.
  • Remember that your goal during pregnancy is a healthy baby, not weight loss for yourself. Even women who begin pregnancy overweight should still gain about 15 pounds to support their growing babies. Save your personal weight reduction goals for after the baby is born.

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