The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Congratulations! You’re pregnant. Now what? Do you get to eat everything in sight? Can certain foods harm your baby? We designed a quiz (with help from nutritionist Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.) to test your prenatal-nutrition knowledge and help you find out what you and your baby need to stay healthy during the entire 40 weeks.
1) Your body will require additional calories to build that baby. But how many—and when?
a. Show restraint. An extra 100 calories a day beginning in the second trimester are all most women need.
b. You’re eating for two. Add 300 calories a day as soon as you discover you’re pregnant.
c. Get an extra 300 calories a day starting in your
d. Woohoo! You need 500 extra calories a day throughout pregnancy. Bring on the pecan pie.
2) A woman who starts out at a normal weight should ideally gain how much during her pregnancy?
a. Less than 25 pounds.
b. 25 to 35 pounds.
c. 30 to 40 pounds.
d. Up to 45 pounds.
3) Consuming 400 micrograms (mcg) of folate (or folic acid) every day before you get pregnant helps
prevent certain types of birth defects. Which of the following meets this daily requirement?
a. One daily prenatal vitamin (check the label to make sure).
b. 1 1/4 cups of cooked lentils.
c. One large spinach salad, five spears of broccoli, one medium orange and 1 cup of cooked fava beans.
d. Four cups of orange juice.
e. Any of the above.
4) To get enough calcium (which helps build your baby’s bones and teeth), you should:
a. Double your usual calcium intake.
b. Drink at least five glasses of 1% or nonfat milk each day.
c. Eat your weight in oyster shells.
d. Consume the same amount of calcium you did before getting pregnant.
5) Drinking adequate fluids will help your pregnant body increase its blood volume while warding off such diverse problems as water retention, preterm labor, constipation, urinary-tract infections and dehydration. Which is the best way to get the liquid you need?
a. Four glasses of water, three glasses of milk and one glass of juice.
b. Six glasses of water and four glasses of milk.
c. Eight glasses of water, one glass of milk and one glass of 100% fruit juice.
d. Just forget the glasses and go for an Olympic-size pool and a 9-foot straw.
6) You may not be able to avoid inviting your mother-in-law for an extended visit after the baby is born, but you can ward off constipation and hemorrhoids by eating adequate fiber. Which of the following will get you at least halfway to your recommended 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day?