Nutritional Guidelines During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of change for your body as it works to form a healthy baby. Understanding which foods to limit and which nutrients are more important than before will help you and your baby maintain excellent health. At Dallas IVF, our team is dedicated to helping you achieve conception and maintain a healthy pregnancy.

Weight Gain During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body is working hard. For most women, increasing caloric intake and gaining a modest amount of weight is necessary. Whether you should gain weight and how much will depend upon your weight and health prior to pregnancy. Most women should gain 11-35 pounds during pregnancy. However, if you are overweight, your physician may recommend avoiding weight gain during this time.

Important Nutrients During Pregnancy

Two of the most important nutrients your body needs during pregnancy are iron and folic acid. Folic acid promotes healthy development of your baby’s brain and spine while reducing the risk of pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia. Iron improves your body’s ability to transport nutrients through the blood and lowers your chances of developing anemia. Other important nutrients to consume to help your growing baby include calcium and vitamin D.

Foods and Drinks to Avoid

Avoid eating raw meats and fish during pregnancy, as these can carry bacteria and other food borne illnesses. Fish high in mercury, such as swordfish, king mackerel, shark, and tilefish should also be eliminated from your diet. Limit caffeine to 200mg per day or less, and avoid alcohol altogether. Physicians also recommend against consuming dairy or juices that have not been pasteurized.

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