By: Tyler Romine

Pregnancy/Weight Gain & Nutrients for your child

The average weight gain during pregnancy is 25-35 pounds. Gaining about 1 pound per week. Folate is an important nutrient to supply your child as it prevents birth defects. Calcium is healthy as supports bone strength. Protein is crucial for child growth, especially in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Iron is great as it prevents Anemia.

Foods to Avoid

Raw or undercooked food, lunch meats, hot dogs, and unpasteurized meats are foods to avoid because they contain an array of bacteria that are dangerous to your baby.

Critical Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamin A, Bet Carotene, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Thiamin B1, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pyrodoxine, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Protein, & Zinc are essential vitamins to get.

MyPlate Recommendations

Doctors recommend that pregnant women take prenatal vitamins along with a healthy diet. Although they don't replace a healthy diet, they are still very important for your baby's development.

Breastfeeding and Dietary Needs

Make choices that are low in empty calories. Increase fluids while breastfeeding. Drink a glass of water or other beverages while breastfeeding. You need 300 more calories while pregnant, so you'll need about 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day.