What You Should Eat During Your Pregnancy



Choose from the six food groups every day:

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Meat and protein foods

(such as lean beef, chicken, fish, eggs, beans, tofu, nuts)
3-4 servings a day
Protein builds muscles and blood.

Whole grains

(such as bread, oatmeal, pasta, tortillas, rice)
6-11 servings a day
Grains help provide energy, vitamins, and minerals.

Vegetables

3-5 servings a day
Vegetables provide important vitamins and minerals, as well as the extra fiber you'll need for regularity.

Fruits

2-4 servings a day
Fruits contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and are also quick sources of energy.

Milk and milk products

(like cheese and yogurt)
3-4 servings a day
Calcium helps bones, teeth, and muscles develop. (If you can't digest milk, you can drink lactose-reduced milk like Lactaid.)

Fats, oils, and sweets

Use sparingly.

Fluids

Drink 8-10 glasses of water or other non-caffeinated, unsweetened liquids each day.

Salt

Salt your food to taste. There is no need to restrict your salt intake unless your health care provider tells you to do so for medical reasons.

It's never too late to improve your eating habits.

Continue to "Healthy Lifestyle Habits"

Most recent page update: 9/9/2010


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