Nutritional Information

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Take a prenatal vitamin daily with folic acid. It is also recommended that you take a DHA, omega 3 fatty acid supplement daily with your vitamin because it is beneficial for baby's brain and eye development. There are some formulations that have DHA already included in the vitamin. Some pharmacies, such as Schnuck's and Dierberg's offer a free program for you if you get a prescription for these.

Folic acid is essential for normal brain and spinal cord development also. Make sure that your vitamin contains at least 400 mcg of folic acid; however, most preparations contain more than this minimum amount.

Calcium is also very important. You should consume at least 1200 mg of calcium every day. Your prenatal vitamins contain only a portion of what you require. Make sure you supplement if you are not consuming a lot of dairy products.

Eating healthy during pregnancy is a must. The following are guidelines for you to review, UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED OTHERWISE BY OUR DIETITIAN.

  1. Eat three meals a day and two or three snacks. Make sure you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Limit your saturated fat intake.
  2. Fish consumption: omega 3 fatty acids are found in fish and are beneficial for your health and for your baby's development. You should try to avoid eating fish that is high in mercury: shark, mackerel, tile fish, marlin, Albacore tuna, sea perch, catfish and orange roughy. Other fish products are safer: shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollack, tilapia. You should refer to the following website for more information: safety/Product-SpecificInformation/Seafood
  3. Caffeine: it is safe to consume up to 200 mg of caffeine/day. As an example, a typical soda would contain only 40-55 mg; drip coffee: 234 mg.
  4. Please avoid alcohol.
  5. In general, how much weight you should gain during pregnancy depends on your weight prior to getting pregnant. You can ask your doctor to let you know which category you fit into best based on you BMI.
  6. Due to risks of Listeria infection, which is very serious and potentially deadly for both mother and baby, please try to avoid deli meats (unless reheated to 160 degrees F) and soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined cheeses and Mexican style cheeses such as queso fresco. Hard cheeses (cheddar for example) and semi-soft cheeses (mozzarella) are safe.