Nutrition, weight gain, and diet in pregnancy

Healthy nutrition is an important part of a successful pregnancy.  Everything you eat helps to nourish your body and helps your growing child.  If you started out a normal pre-pregnant weight, we would like to see you gain between 25-35 pounds.  Most women gain about a pound per week, on average, during the second half of pregnancy.  If you started out your pregnancy overweight, we would like to see you gain about 15 pounds, and if you started out underweight, we would like to see you gain about 40 pounds, to ensure your baby gets enough calories and nutrition to thrive.  Please discuss your pre-pregnant weight and recommended weight gain with the midwife or physician, if you have questions.  WebMD has a helpful website on healthy weight gain.

Try to eat mostly fresh, unprocessed foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy (good source of calcium), and unprocessed lean meats.  Drink mostly water and skim or low-fat milk.

Limit or avoid over-packaged, high fat, fried, “junk-food”, or fast food and also try to limit your soda intake.

Recommended daily requirements in pregnancy

 Non-pregnantPregnantBreastfeeding
Calories2100 24002600
Protein 46 g 76 g66 g
Calcium 800 mg1200 mg1200 mg
Iron 18 mg48 mg48 mg