Hey, You're Pregnant!

Info for a Soon-to-be-Mommy

Pregnancy & Weight Gain

If you had a healthy weight before your pregnancy (a BMI below 18.5-24.9) you should gain 25-35 pounds in your first trimester, and 1 pound per week for the rest of your pregnancy.

If you're underweight before your pregnancy (18.5), you should gain 28-40 pounds total.

If you're overweight before your pregnancy (a BMI of 25-29.9) you should gain a total of 11-20 pounds.

If you're having twins and you had a heathy weight you should gain 37-54 pounds, if you're underweight you should gain 31-50 pounds, and if you're overweight you should gain 25-42 pounds total in your pregnancy.

MyPlate Recommendations Throughout the Semester

While you're pregnant, try to avoid things like cheese, whole milk, soft drinks, fried foods, desserts, and fatty meats. Try to eat foods that are low-fat, unsweetened, or have no added sugars.

Most doctors recommend you take a prenatal vitamin or a mineral supplement in addition to a healthy diet, but make sure you take the recommended amount. Taking too much of these can be harmful to mommy and baby.

If you're having more than one baby, go see your doctor to see what they recommend as far as your diet and prenatal care. Typically you want to have a higher food intake than you would if you were having only one baby, but you still need to try and eat as healthy as you can.

Foods to Avoid & Why

Try to avoid seafood that's high in mercury like shark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel because too much mercury can be harmful to your baby.

Avoid raw or undercooked seafood like sushi and shellfish, refrigerated and uncooked seafood that you would get from WalMart, and make sure you cook your seafood correctly.

Avoid undercooked meat, eggs, and poultry. These can be harmful to anyone, but are especially harmful to mommy and baby.

Try to avoid unpasteurized foods like soft cheese (blue cheese, feta, and brie) because they could possibly lead to a foodborne illness.

Critical Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamin A & Beta Carotene helps your baby's bones grow (milk & eggs).

Vitamin D helps baby's bones be strong (milk & sunshine).

Vitamin E helps your baby's body form red blood cells & muscles (spinach & vegetable oil).

Vitamin C helps promote a healthy immune system & absorbs iron (citrus fruits & green beans.)

B1 regulates their nervous system (berries & nuts).

B2 maintains healthy skin, vision, & their energy (meats & fish).

B6 will help with your morning sickness (chicken & cantaloupe).

Folic acid helps support the placenta & helps prevent birth defects (oranges & strawberries).

Breastfeeding & Dietary Needs

Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Be careful drinking a lot of caffeine & alcohol because these things can be passed to your baby through breastfeeding.

Maintain a healthy diet & continue to take vitamins & mineral supplements.

Newborn Diet

Breastfeeding is typically the best way to go for feeding your baby.

Your baby won't be able to eat solid foods until they're around 4-6 months old, and make sure you have your baby allergy tested to know what foods to stay away from.

Stay away from foods like honey, eggs, and any kind of nuts because your baby could have the potential to be allergic to these foods.

First Year of Life Diet

The first 6 months your baby will mostly be breastfed, or store-bought formula for the first 9-12 months.

Around the 6 month age you can start your baby on solid foods after getting the okay from your doctor.