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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 Healthy Pregnancy Meal Plan: 2,500 Calories

Growing another life is serious business that requires a lot of energy. Getting the right balance of nutrients each day is important for optimizing your health and the health of your growing baby. We've taken all of that into consideration with this healthy pregnancy meal plan. Filled with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, this plan will give your body the fuel it needs during this important time. This delicious day includes foods high in protein, folate, fiber, iron and calcium (nutrients you need more of when pregnant).

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

Planning healthy, balanced meals when pregnant and following a gluten-free diet is made easy with smart meal planning. This gluten-free pregnancy meal plan will help you meet you daily nutrient needs, while keeping the meals exciting and delicious. 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 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.

1-Day Gluten-Free Healthy-Pregnancy Meal Plan: 2,200 Calories

Eating healthy when you're pregnant takes a little extra thought to make sure you the foods you eat deliver the nutrients you need each day, while avoiding the foods that are on the "unsafe" list (like unpasteurized cheese, and certain fish). Add a food allergy or intolerance on top of that, like Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, and it takes even more effort. To make meal planning easier, we created this gluten-free healthy-pregnancy meal plan to help you meet you daily nutrient needs, all while keeping the meals safe, exciting and delicious.

1-Day Low-Sodium Healthy-Pregnancy Meal Plan: 2,200 calories

Some women experience a condition known as preeclampsia during their pregnancy, which may require a low-sodium diet to control symptoms like high-blood pressure and fluid build-up. If you've been diagnosed with preeclampsia by your doctor, you will likely be asked to limit the amount of salt you're eating each day.

1-Day Dairy-Free Healthy-Pregnancy Meal: 2,200 Calories

Even if you aren't drinking milk or eating dairy foods during your pregnancy, you can still find dairy's nutritious components, like calcium and protein, in other foods. We developed this dairy-free meal plan with plenty of the good-for-you-nutrients that help to support a healthy pregnancy.

1-Day Vegetarian Healthy Pregnancy Meal Plan 2,200 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.