Week 7 - Nutrition

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Hello. This is Dr. Mauldin. You’re now 7 weeks pregnant.

Last week, I gave you some suggestions on how to improve the nausea feeling that happens during early pregnancy.
So, this week, lets talk about weight gain and nutrition during your pregnancy.

Even though many of us think of pregnancy as a time to eat freely, the fact remains that you really only need about an extra 300 calories each day in order to gain the right amount of weight to have a healthy and strong baby. This amounts to about 1-2 extra snacks a day.

If you are a normal weight, you should gain between 25 and 35#. If you are overweight, gain a little less – probably in the 15-25# range would be best. And, if you are underweight, gain a little more – the recommended weight gain is 30-40#.

Eating a variety of foods is important, especially protein, dairy products, vegetables and grains. Among those foods, try to make wise choices. That would mean lean meats without the skin and baking or broiling your meat rather than frying. The dairy that you eat should be 1% fat or fat free. Good vegetables are those that are dark green and leafy. Whole grains – such as whole wheat – are best. Remember to keep yourself hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water each day. You should eat 3 meals a day with 1-2 snacks in between the meals. Or if you’d prefer, 6 smaller meals is often tolerated a little better.

Before I go, just a few reminders:
  • Limit your tuna intake to no more than 2 servings/week
  • Avoid the soft cheeses and the unpasteurized dairy products
  • Don’t eat raw meats and fish
  • Try not to drink more than 1 or 2 each day caffeinated drinks each day and
  • Watch how much artificial sweetener you use – best to use only once or twice a day as well. 

I hope you are doing well. I’ll talk to you next week.

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