Eat Right Now

Follow these basic nutritional guidelines to ensure that you and your baby get what you both need.

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Moms-to-be need at least the following daily:

  • 3 servings from the milk, yogurt and
  • cheese group
  • 6 ounces from the meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts group
  • 3 servings from the fruit group
  • 4 servings from the vegetable group
  • 9 servings from the bread, cereal, rice and pasta group
  • Use fats, oils and sweets sparingly.
  • Aim for 25–35 grams of fiber a day.
  • Drink at least 64 ounces of fluid daily, more if you’re active and during hot weather.
  • Follow guidelines in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Guide Pyramid. To order a brochure, write to the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, 1120 20th St. N.W., Suite 200, North Lobby, Washington, DC 20036 or visit to download a printable version.