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The following general recommendations on healthy eating for two are for an uncomplicated pregnancy. Should you require a specialized diet plan, please see your physician or a registered dietitian.
- Choose 3 servings of low fat or non-fat dairy each day. This may include yogurt, cottage cheese, milk (skim or low fat), or cheeses. Dairy products provide calcium and Vitamin D.
- Include 3 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit each day. They may be fresh, canned, frozen or 100% juices.
- Be sure to include dark green and orange colored items which are high in Vitamin C and Vitamin A.
- Limit 100% juices to 1 cup per day.
- Foods such as lean pork and beef, fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, nuts and seeds, peanut butter, soy, cooked dried beans or lentils provide protein. Eat 5-6 ounces of these foods each day.
- Avoid fish with high mercury levels (shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tile fish. Limit low mercury concentration fish (tuna, salmon, Pollock, catfish) to 12 ounces per week
- Heat luncheon meats and hot dogs until they are steaming hot
- Eat 5 to 7 ounces daily of grain products such as cereals, pasta, crackers, rice and breads.
- Try to eat at least half of these as whole grain.
- Choose products fortified with folic acid and iron
- Drink 12 cups of water or other nutritious beverages each day. Limit caffeinated and empty calorie beverages such as coffee, sodas and teas.
Eating a healthy balanced diet and taking a prenatal vitamin will help you and your baby get the nutrition you need.
Kim Ross-Swancutt RD,LD
Clinical dietitian, Mercy Medical Center