Everything you need to know ensure your child is healthy.

Pregnancy and Weight Gain!

  • If you are a healthy BMI, which would be a 18.5-24.5 you should gain 25-35 pounds, but of you are carrying twins than you might gain 37-54 pounds.
  • However, if you were underweight ( BMI 18.5 or less) than you should gain 28- 40 pounds.
  • If you are overweight( BMI of 25-29.9) before pregnancy than you may gain between 15-25 pounds, but if you are carrying twins than you could gain 31-50 pounds.
  • During the first trimester you could gain anywhere from 1-4.5 pounds per week and in the second and third trimesters you could gain 1-2 pounds per week.

Health Recommendations, Foods to Avoid, and Vitamins!

  • Consume fresh vegetables such as pumpkin, carrots, tomatoes or look for low salt and low sodium when choosing canned vegetables.When choosing fruit choose 100% fruit juice or fruit such as bananas or apples.
  • When choosing dairy you should drink fat free or skim milk; in addition, grains should be high in iron and folic acid as well as whole. Proteins are highly encouraged such as nuts and seeds.
  • Do not rely on Vitamins to make up for an unhealthy diet. As a mom, you should take a vitamin and a mineral supplement daily, sometimes this is continued during breastfeeding.
  • Avoid seafood high in mercury such as: Swordfish, shark, tilefish,etc; also, avoid any uncooked meat or seafood. Try to avoid unpasteurized foods, which are common in dairy products, in addition make sure to thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables.
  • Drinks to avoid include: Excessive caffeine (can increase heart rate), herbal teas, and alcohol.

Breastfeeding and First Years Diet

  • You will need to drink more fluids when breastfeeding also you may need to consume 400- 500 more than your normal amount of is i,important to eat a variety of nutrient dense foods
  • Try to limit caffeine intake to 2-3 cups daily. Make sure your diet includes foods high in iron ,protein, and calcium.
  • 0-6 months of age the child should consume breast milk or formula due to solid food to early causing excessive weight gain. 1 week of age to 1 month a baby might eat 7-8 times daily and up to 2-4 ounces per feeding, whereas babies 3-6 months may eat 4-6 times a day and up to 6-8 ounces.
  • 6 months to a year of age a child can typically begin to eat foods. Some indicators of readiness to eat would be to hold up their head.

Brooke Simpson