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Eating Well

What is the right amount?

As a pregnant or nursing mom, your body becomes a productive machine, using what you eat as energy, thus the better the energy, the more efficient the machine works. Getting the best possible nutrition through what you eat each day (and taking your prenatal vitamins!) should be a priority for you. What you eat feeds your baby, so choose healthy foods.

You may need about 300 extra calories each day.

Be sure to include the following:

  • 3 servings of milk or dairy products
  • 4 servings of vegetables
  • 3 servings of fruit
  • 9 servings of bread, cereals, rice, or pasta
  • 2 to 3 servings of meat, fish, poultry, dried beans, eggs or nuts
  • At least 6 to 8 glasses of water

Drink Your Water

Did you know your body is 98% water? Did you know that the amniotic fluid is 99% water? It's a pretty important substance and not one to be ignored. If you don't think you're drinking enough water, drink more.

The general rule is "drink to thirst." In other words, if you're thirsty, drink. Your doctor can give you a more personalized recommendation. Even if you're not thirsty, you should drink between 8 to 10 cups of liquid each day. That can come from water, fruit juice (mixed with part of water), milk, Gatorade, Crystal Light or other non-caffeinated beverages and even foods. You may need more if you exercise and lose water through sweating.

Last Updated: 10/25/2013