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Fellowship: Infertility, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
Residency: Ob/Gyn, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL and
Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
MD: University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School
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Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

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Healthy Eating Habits During Pregnancy

It's important to develop healthy eating habits while you are pregnant, for you as well as for your baby. Here are some ways to stay healthy.

Aim for a Healthy Weight

A slow, steady rate of weight gain is often best. After the first trimester, you may gain a pound a week. But keep in mind that each woman gains weight differently. Don't worry too much about pounds. Instead, aim for feeling healthy.

Don't Diet

Now is not the time to diet. You may not get enough of the nutrients you and your baby need. Instead, learn how to be a healthy eater. Start by doing it for your baby. Soon, you may do it for yourself.

Vitamins and Supplements

Talk with your healthcare provider about taking prenatal vitamins and supplements.

  • Iron makes the extra blood you need now.

  • Calcium helps build and keep strong bones.

  • Some vitamins may not be safe to take. Your healthcare provider will tell you which ones to avoid.



Drink at least 8-10 cups of fluid daily. Your baby needs fluids. Fluids also decrease constipation, flush out toxins and waste, limit swelling, and help prevent bladder infections. Water is best. Other good choices are:

  • Water or seltzer water with a slice of lemon or lime (these can help ease an upset stomach, too)

  • Clear soups that are low in salt

  • Low-fat or fat-free milk; soy or rice milk with calcium added

  • Fruit juices mixed with water

  • Popsicles or gelatin

Things to Avoid

Some things might harm your growing baby. Don't eat or drink:

  • Alcohol

  • Unpasteurized dairy foods and juices

  • Raw or undercooked meat, poultry, fish, or eggs

Things to Limit

Ask your healthcare provider whether it's safe to eat or drink:

  • Caffeine

  • Artificial sweeteners

  • Organ meats

  • Certain types of fish

Publication Source: International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, Washington, DC

Online Source: International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, Washington, DC

Date Last Reviewed: 2005-01-05T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2005-01-05T00:00:00-07:00

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