Pre-Pregnancy Nutrition

Your baby's growth depends on what you eat now.

Did you know that your pre-pregnancy weight affects the health and weight of your baby? Or that a pregnant woman needs to add about 300 extra calories daily to meet the needs of her body and her developing fetus?

Good nutrition is important at any stage of life, but it becomes even more important when you're eating to meet the crucial nutritional needs of your growing baby. Start to pay attention now to nutritional guidelines and incorporate a healthy diet into your lifestyle, including:

Tips for Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to help fight off disease and fill your body with essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Take a prenatal vitamin every day, as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Limit junk food and alcohol.
  • Take a folic acid supplement.

In addition, consider your current physical fitness and emotional health and take steps to ensure you're in the best possible shape before you become pregnant.

If you need help getting started with a healthy eating plan, our registered dietitians offer private consultations designed to help you make the right nutritional choices before, during and after your pregnancy.