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Published on Mar 31, 2015
Are you eating for two?
Then you know a balanced diet of nutritious food is important—for your health and your baby’s.
Whether you’re pregnant or nursing, you can expect to eat about 300 more calories per day than before baby came into the picture. If you’re overweight, you’ll want to talk with your doctor about what’s right for you. Many of the same good eating habits apply to everyone—like eat 5 fruits and vegetables per day or cut back on sugary snacks or drink plenty of water.
Here are a few tips specifically for when you’re expecting or nursing:
• Take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid • Eat smaller meals more frequently to prevent heartburn • Eat iron-rich foods like broccoli to help prevent anemia • Be careful about the type and how much fish or seafood you eat per week • Avoid alcohol
For more information or to find a doctor or midwife who can support you throughout your journey as a new parent, visit www.peacehealth.org.