What to Eat When Pregnant
A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy pregnancy.
If you are lacking nutrients, your OB/GYN can help you determine how to make up these deficiencies. Here's a general list of some foods and beverages that can help support a healthy pregnancy.
Variety is key
To get the nutrients you need for your pregnancy, eat:
- 6-11 servings breads/grains
- 2-4 servings fruit
- 4+ servings vegetables
- 4 servings dairy
- 3 servings protein
Look to whole-grain breads, cereal, and pasta; beans; and fruits and vegetables.
Get your vitamins and minerals
Make sure you take your prenatal vitamins daily and include vitamin-rich foods in your diet. For iron, eat lean meats, beans, and spinach. You'll find vitamin C in oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green peppers, and tomatoes. Get your folate from leafy green vegetables, veal, beans, black-eyed peas, and chickpeas. And include carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, spinach, apricots, and cantaloupe in your diet for vitamin A.
Schedule an appointment with BJC Medical Group of Illinois
Talk to your OB/GYN to find out what you should be eating for a healthy pregnancy. If you want an OB/GYN who's part of the Memorial Network, see this complete listing of providers and schedule an appointment today.