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Having a Healthy Diet During Pregnancy

Today, we're going to be talking about having a healthy diet while you're eating for two during your pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a time of rapid growth and development for a woman, and a lot of times women think they can eat twice as much food or go non-stop at the buffets or with ice cream or sweets. However, that's not always the case.

The average woman only needs about an additional 300 to 500 calories per day, depending on where she's at her pregnancy.

How to Keep a Healthy Diet During Pregnancy

Step 1: Eat Fruits, Vegetables, Whole Grains, and High-Fiber Cereals

It’s best if those extra 300 to 500 calories come from nutrient dense foods.

Step 2: Add Snacks Throughout Your Day

A helpful tip for increasing calories would be to add snacks throughout your day. An apple with peanut butter, or cheese and crackers for a bit of energy in between your meals.

Step 3: Feed Your Cravings in Small Doses or For Special Occasions

If you're having pregnancy cravings, say ice cream or sweets, it's okay to keep those portions small, but make it the occasional treat, instead of something that happens all the time.

Step 4: Maintain a Healthy Diet

Most importantly, maintain a healthy diet so you get a variety of vitamins and minerals through food. If you're going to make any changes or have questions, please consult with your physician first.

At CHI Health, we offer nutrition and maternity care services that help expecting mothers stay healthy during pregnancy.

Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT, CDE, IFNCP™
Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT, CDE, IFNCP™

Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT, CDE is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner. She is the diabetes education program coordinator at CHI Health and sees patients at the Millard Clinic. She works with patients to identify root causes to health conditions and make changes to improve overall health. Ellen’s passion is to help others develop lifestyle habits that allow them to feel their best.

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