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Starting off you’re with a healthy well-balanced diet is the best thing you do for yourself

and your baby.  This way, you’ll only need to make a few adjustments during your pregnancy.

Your first trimester

If you find it tough to maintain a balanced diet during your first trimester, you can rest assured.

that you’re not alone.  Due to queasiness, some women will eat all the time and gain a lot of

weight in the process.  Other women have trouble getting food down and subsequently lose weight. 

Preventing malnutrition and dehydration are the most important factors during the first trimester. 

Calories

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When you are pregnant, you need to consume around 300 calories more than usual every day.  The best

The way to go about doing this is listening to your body when you are hungry.  You should try to eat

as many foods as possible from the bottom of the food pyramid. If you gain weight too slowly, try eating small meals and slightly increase the fat in your diet. You should always eat when you are hungry, as you are now eating for 2 instead of one.

Calcium

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By the second trimester, you’ll need around 1,500 milligrams of calcium each day for your bones and

your baby’, which is more than a quart of milk.  Calcium is something that’s missing from many.

diets.  Along with milk, other great sources for calcium include dairy products, calcium fortified.

juices, and even calcium tablets.

Fiber

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Fiber can help to prevent constipation, which is a common pregnancy problem.  You can find fiber in

whole grains, fruits, and even vegetables.  Fiber supplements such as Metamucil and Citrucel are

safe to take during pregnancy.

Protein

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Unless you happen to be a strict vegetarian, your protein intake is not normally a problem for women who eat a healthy diet.

Iron

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A lot of women will start their pregnancy off with a bit of iron deficiency.  Good sources of iron

include dark leafy green vegetables and meats.  Iron supplements should be avoided, as they can cause

internal symptoms such as cramping, constipation, or diarrhea. 

Vitamins

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Seeing as how you get a majority of the vitamins you need in your diet, you may want to discuss prenatal

vitamins with your doctor.  Folate is one of the most important, and if you are getting enough of it, you

may be able to avoid vitamins all together – just ask your doctor to make sure.

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