Dietary Suggestions for a Healthy Pregnancy


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Siloam Springs Women’s Center

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Chad Hill has practiced as the director of Siloam Springs Women’s Center, an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Arkansas. As an OB/GYN, Dr. Chad Hill provides medical care to women as they plan for pregnancy and prepare to deliver babies.

An important matter associated with pregnancy is nutrition. Depending on the patient, doctors may recommend new eating habits to ensure the baby receives sufficient nutrients, such as folic acid and iron. Other dietary suggestions for pregnant women include:

Certain seafood. Selections like shrimp and salmon can be beneficial to the health of the baby, but limit portions to 12 ounces per week. Avoid swordfish, shark, and albacore tuna because of their high mercury content.

Calcium. Physicians recommend a minimum of four milk product servings per day. Alternative sources of calcium include orange juice, tofu, and a number of vegetables, such as broccoli and brussels sprouts.

Carbohydrates. Healthy pregnancies benefit from carbohydrates found in whole wheat bread and pasta. Oatmeal and brown rice are additional good sources.