Allegany County Health Department
Improved Pregnancy Outcome
Eating right during pregnancy can make a big difference in the health of your baby. The foods you eat help with your baby's growth. The following amounts from each of the following food groups are recommended:
It is important to drink more fluids every day. At least 8 glasses of water, milk, fruit, or vegetable juice a day is recommended. This will lessen your chances for a urinary tract infection and you will be less constipated.
You may find that eating at least 6 times a day is helpful. Don't fill up on junk food, but rather choose snacks wisely. Low fat yogurt, raw vegetables with low-fat dip, and graham crackers with peanut butter are all healthy snacks.
Most pregnancies are not planned so it is recommended that all women of childbearing years take 0.4 milligrams of folic acid every day. It can help protect your unborn baby against birth defects. Foods high in folic acid are green leafy vegetables, beans, citrus fruits and juices, and whole grain foods. It is difficult to get enough folic acid in your diet alone so it is recommended that you take a multi-vitamin supplement.
Healthy Weight Gain
Weight gain during pregnancy varies from woman to woman. If your weight was normal before you became pregnant it usually is recommended that you gain between 25 and 35 pounds. Remember, never try to lose weight while you are pregnant.
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