Guidance from Chula Vista’s Leading OBGYNs
Eating a variety of healthy foods will help you to consume the right amount of vitamins and nutrients during each stage of the pregnancy. The board-certified obstetricians at South Bay OBGYN have extensive experience providing guidance around pregnancy nutrition. Call (619) 267-8313 or use our website to request an obstetric appointment at our OBGYN office in Chula Vista.
Weight Gain Throughout Your Pregnancy
Weight gain and calorie intake during pregnancy varies from person to person, so talk with your OBGYN about the amount of calories you need. Your obstetrician will monitor your weight to make sure you are gaining a healthy amount of weight throughout the pregnancy. Depending on your weight before becoming pregnant, it is typically healthy to gain 2 to 4 pounds during the first trimester, 3 to 4 pounds each month during the second and third trimesters.
Healthy Nutrition for Pregnant Women
In addition to eating a balanced diet, a prenatal or multivitamin with folic acid should be taken daily throughout your pregnancy. Getting enough iron, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin B12, helps the baby get the nutrients they need to develop.
Foods to Avoid When Pregnant
While it is recommended that you avoid certain foods that could be dangerous to eat when pregnant, discuss your diet with your obgyn first. Foods you should stay away from include:
- Refrigerated meat spreads
- Refrigerated smoked seafood
- Deli meats and hot dogs
- Raw sprouts
- Unpasteurized milk or juice
- Fish with high mercury levels, like swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel, and shark
Food Preparation Safety
Eating and handling food safely to is even more important when you are pregnant. To prevent foodborne illness, be careful to wash your hands after touching raw meat and prevent raw meat from touching other surfaces. Be sure to cook the meat completely or reheat to the appropriate temperature before eating.
Discuss Pregnancy Nutrition with an Expertly Trained OBGYN
Contact your obstetrician at South Bay OBGYN with any questions or concerns about your nutrition during pregnancy. Our OBGYNs are experts in advising on nutrition during pregnancy including what foods improve or hinder your health during pregnancy. Call (619) 267-8313 to request an appointment at our OBGYN clinic in Chula Vista or National City today.