Improving your nutrition while you're pregnant helps you and your baby stay healthy. Your OB/GYNs at Capital Women's Care in Rockville, MD, can help you make the best nutritional choices and offer support, advice, and treatment for all of your pregnancy needs.
Eating for two in Rockville, MD?
Although you'll definitely need to increase the number of calories you eat every day, you won't need to double your usual intake of food. In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends adding 340 calories during the second trimester and a little more during the third trimester. Twin pregnancies require an additional 600 calories daily, while you'll need 900 more calories if you're having triplets, according to the ACOG.
What good nutrition during pregnancy looks like
Avoiding or limiting sugary treats, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, fried and processed foods is a good start if you're pregnant. Focus on:
- Fruits and Vegetables: Fresh or frozen fruits and a selection of healthy vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, beans, asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, greens, peppers, and tomatoes, offer tasty, healthy meal choices.
- Healthy Carbohydrates: When you visit a Rockville, MD, grocery store, purchase healthier carbohydrates, like potatoes, peas, winter squash, and corn. Choose whole-grain bread, pasta, bagels, and muffins, and substitute brown rice for white rice.
- Lean Protein: Skinless poultry, lean beef, fish, lentils, peanut butter, hummus, tofu, low-fat yogurt, and cheese are good sources of protein.
At mealtime, fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruit, 1/4 with carbohydrates, and 1/4 with protein. Cook with healthier fats, like olive oil, canola oil, or grapeseed oil.
While you're pregnant, avoid undercooked fish and uncooked sushi, hot dogs, luncheon meats (unless they're heated), raw eggs or meat, unpasteurized milk, and fish that's high in mercury, including swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and tilefish. If you like tuna, eat no more than six ounces per week.
What about vitamins?
During pregnancy, you'll need extra minerals and vitamins. Although eating a healthy diet is important, you may not get all of the nutrients you need through your diet alone. Taking prenatal vitamins that include B vitamins, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and choline, is a simple way to give your baby the best possible start.
A healthy pregnancy starts with regular visits to your Rockville, MD, OB/GYNs at Capital Women's Care. Call them at (301) 569-6301 to schedule an appointment.