Natal Needs

Dietary Needs for Mom

Pregnancy and Weight Gain

When you get pregnant, a woman who was average weight before getting pregnant should gain 25 to 35 pounds after becoming pregnant. Underweight women should gain 28 to 40 pounds. And overweight women may need to gain only 15 to 25 pounds during pregnancy.

MyPlate Recommendations

Each section of the MyPyramid has certain foods recommended for pregnant women. Also make choices that are low in empty calories. Empty calories are the calories from added sugars and solid fats in foods like soft drinks, desserts, fried foods, cheese, whole milk, and fatty meats. Look for choices that are low-fat, fat-free, unsweetened, or with no added-sugars. They have fewer or no empty calories.

A Newborn's diet should be Breast Milk or Baby Formula Only!

First Year of Life Diet

Birth - 4 Months: Breast milk or baby Formula.

4 - 6 Months: Breast Milk or baby Formula and Pureed food (like sweet potatoes, squash, apples, bananas, peaches, or pears) or semi-liquid iron-fortified cereal.

6 - 8 Months: Breast milk or formula, PLUS

Pureed or strained fruits (banana, pears, applesauce, peaches), Pureed or strained vegetables (avocado, well-cooked carrots, squash, and sweet potato), Pureed meat (chicken, pork, beef), Pureed tofu, Small amounts of unsweetened yogurt (but no cows' milk until age 1), Pureed legumes (black beans, chickpeas, edamame, fava beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, and kidney beans), Iron-fortified cereal (oats, barley).

8 - 10 Months: Breast milk or formula, PLUS

Small amounts of soft pasteurized cheese and cottage cheese, Mashed fruits and vegetables (bananas, peaches, pears, avocados, cooked carrots, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes), Finger foods (small pieces of ripe banana; scrambled eggs; well-cooked and cut up yellow squash, peas, and potatoes; well-cooked spiral pasta; teething crackers; low-sugar O-shaped cereal; lightly toasted bagels, cut up), Small amounts of protein (eggs; pureed meats, poultry, and boneless fish; tofu; well-cooked and mashed beans with soft skins like lentils, split peas, pintos, black beans)

Iron-fortified cereal (barley, wheat, oats, mixed cereals)

10 - 12 Months: Breast milk or formula PLUS, Soft pasteurized cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese (but no cows' milk until age 1), Fruit cut into cubes or strips, or mashed, Bite-size, soft-cooked vegetables (peas, carrots), Combo foods (macaroni and cheese, casseroles), Protein (egg; pureed or finely ground meats, poultry, and boneless fish; tofu; well-cooked and mashed beans), Finger foods (lightly toasted bread or bagels, small pieces of ripe banana; scrambled eggs; well-cooked and cut up yellow squash, peas, and potatoes; spiral pasta; teething crackers; low-sugar O-shaped cereal; )

Iron-fortified cereals (barley, wheat, oats, mixed cereals)

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