The Pregnancy Food Guide

Nausea and Vomiting
D P r egnancy isnt a time to lose weight. Consult with a health care pro v i d e r
right away if you have vomiting, lose your appetite or lose weight.
D D o n ’t stop eating. Try diff e rent textures (such as smooth pudding or a crunchy cere a l )
and experiment with diff e r ent tastes (such as sweet, salty or spicy). Pleasant smells such
as lemons or orange peels may help reduce nausea.
D Stay hydrated (try lemonade or ginger tea).
Breastfeeding
D Breast milk is the perfect food for babies
D Most women will produce sufficient milk even if their diet is not perfect
D The same nutrition recommendations apply to pregnant and nursing
mothers: Eat well and stay hydrated
D Prenatal vitamins have more iron than breastfeeding mothers need. Breastfeeding women
should consider taking a multivitamin-mineral supplement for non-pregnant women
Multivitamin and Mineral
Supplements
D If you’re planning to become pregnant,
take a multivitamin and mineral supplement
that includes at least 400 mcg of folic acid (to
prevent birth defects) and 200-400 IU of
Vitamin D
D Once you’re pregnant, ask for a prenatal
vitamin and mineral supplement that includes
220 mcg of iodine and does not contain more
than 30 mg of iron, unless your health care
provider specifies otherwise
D Check the package insert or ask your phar-
macist to ensure the vitamin and mineral sup-
plements meet recommendations
D Take multivitamin and mineral supplements
with meals to avoid stomach upset
D Many dietary and herbal supplements are
not safe during pregnancy
D To get the calcium you need, drink 2- 3 cups
of skim or low fat milk a day. If you can not or
choose not to get your needed calcium
through food, take a calcium supplement
Choline
When consumed during pregnancy,
choline may promote brain development and
memory function early in life. The richest
sources of choline are eggs, beef liver and
chicken liver. Two eggs provide about half the
recommended daily intake of choline
for pregnant women.
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