Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you know the bottom line on baby-making—what you don't understand can affect your bub-to-be's health.
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SB: 10 Smart Snacks
Add two per day to the meal plan during your second and third trimesters.
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (143 calories)
1/2 cup roasted soybeans/soy nuts (212 calories)
1 cup cubed fresh mango (107 calories)
2 tangerines (100 calories)
1 orange (65 calories)
10 baby carrots with 1/4 cup Light Garden Vegetable cream cheese for dipping (155 calories)
1 cup red or green grapes (62 calories)
1 cup cherry tomatoes with 1/4 cup low-fat Thousand Island dressing for dipping (112 calories)
6 ounces organic low-fat fruit yogurt, regular or soy (145 calories)
2 ounces reduced-fat cheese with 5 whole-grain crackers (228 calories)
Just say no
Though moderation is key to most aspects of long-term health, you should avoid certain substances entirely while you're pregnant and nursing.
Children of women who drink excessively during their pregnancy are at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome, which can mean low birth weight, failure to thrive after birth and cognitive abnormalities. Because there's no information about how little alcohol will interfere with proper embryonic development, it's best to give it up completely during pregnancy.
Caffeine Research shows that women who consume more than 300 mg a day (equivalent to 2 8-ounce cups of brewed coffee) are at increased risk for miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight and withdrawal symptoms in infants.
Tobacco During pregnancy, smoking creates multiple risks to your baby (and you), including reduced blood flow and oxygen to the fetus, miscarriage, preterm labor and placental abruption (i.e., premature separation of the placenta from the wall of the uterus, which cuts off oxygen and other vital nutrients).
For more information on foods to avoid during pregnancy, go to fitpregnancy.com/eathappy. For a list of important prenatal nutrients to include in your diet, go to fitpregnancy.com/keynutrients.