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What to Eat (and Avoid) When You're Pregnant

Submitted by admin on Mon, 08/29/2016 - 15:36

Getting pregnant is usually an exciting time. Avoiding lattes and red wine for nine months? Not so much. But is it really necessary to cut out caffeine, alcohol, cheese and sushi while you are pregnant? Here's the latest research on what to avoid and what to be cautious about. Plus, learn which foods and key nutrients you should definitely eat for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Related: Getting Started: Pregnancy Diet Basics

1-Day Vegetarian Healthy Pregnancy Meal Plan: 2,900 Calories

Eating healthy foods during your pregnancy can take a little bit more thought, as your body needs more nutrients and energy. And if you already follow a certain way of eating, like a plant-based vegetarian diet, there are even a few more nutrients to consider. To make meal planning easier, we created this one-day plan of healthy vegetarian meals for pregnancy to help make sure you get the nutrition you need. We made sure to hit the daily recommended amount for each of the nutrients of concern—protein, folate, iron, and calcium.

1-Day Gluten-Free Healthy-Pregnancy Meal Plan: 2,900 Calories​

With some smart meal planning, healthy and balanced eating can be easy and exciting. In this gluten-free pregnancy meal plan, you get all the nutrients you and your growing baby need with a full day of delicious meals and snacks. We made sure to hit the daily recommended amount for each of the nutrients you need more of when pregnant and eating gluten-free—calories, sodium, protein, fiber, folate, niacin, iron and calcium.

1-Day Healthy Pregnancy Meal Plan: 2,500 Calories

With the right balance of nutrients packed into delicious meals and snacks, this meal plan will give you and your baby exactly what's needed for a healthy pregnancy. Filled with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, this plan provides healthy amounts of calories, protein, folate, fiber, iron and calcium (nutrients you need more of when pregnant).

1-Day Gluten-Free Healthy Pregnancy Meal Plan: 2,500 Calories

With the delicious and balanced meals in this meal plan, you'll get exactly what you need for a healthy gluten-free pregnancy. We made sure to hit the daily recommended amount for each of the nutrients you need more of when pregnant and eating gluten-free—calories, sodium, protein, fiber, folate, niacin, iron and calcium—delivered in the form of satisfying meals and snacks.

1-Day Vegetarian Healthy Pregnancy Meal Plan: 2,500 Calories

Eating healthy foods during your pregnancy can take a little bit more thought, as your body needs more nutrients and energy. And if you already follow a certain way of eating, like a plant-based vegetarian diet, there are even a few more nutrients to consider. To make meal planning easier, we created this one-day plan of healthy vegetarian meals for pregnancy to help you get the nutrition you need. We made sure to hit the daily recommended amount for each of the important nutrients during pregnancy—protein, folate, iron, and calcium.

Healthy Ways to Control Pregnancy Cravings and Stay Satisfied

Pickles, lemons and ice cream—these are just a few of the foods commonly associated with pregnancy cravings.

According to research from the 1970s through today, 50 to 90 percent of women experience cravings for specific foods during pregnancy. The most commonly craved foods include sweets like juice, candy, ice cream, chocolate and fruit. Fatty, starchy foods—think pizza, fast food and bread—also rank high.