Yup, you're preggers

By: THE Austin Barlow

Pregnancy and weight gain

You gain 25-35 pounds throughout your pregnancy. You gain 3 pounds in the first trimester and 1 pound per week during the rest of the pregnancy. Women who are overweight or obese before pregnancy tend to have trouble starting and continuing breastfeeding.

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 growth and development.

Foods to avoid

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

Critical vitamins and minerals that are essential

Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Thiamin/B1, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pyrodoxine, Folic Acid, Calcium, iron, Protein, and Zinc are vitamins to consider while pregnant.

Breastfeeding and Dietary Needs

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

Newborn Diet

Infants usually start eating solid foods between 4 and 6 months of age. Check with your health care provider for the best time for your baby to start. If you introduce one new food at a time, you will be able to identify any foods that cause allergies in your baby

First Year of Life Diet

Making appropriate food choices for your baby during the first year of life is very important. More growth occurs during the first year than at any other time in your child's life. It's important to feed your baby a variety of healthy foods at the proper time.