Nutrition During Pregnancy

Eating well is one of the best things you can do during pregnancy. It is recommended that you consume an extra 340 calories starting at the second trimester. In the third trimester it is recommended that you consume an extra 450 calories.

Foods you should avoid during pregnancy:

  • Alcohol
  • Fish that may have high levels of mercury. albacore tuna, tilefish, shark, swordfish, or king mackerel.
  • Foods that are more likely to contain germs that could cause food borne illnesses
      • Refrigerated smoked seafood like whitefish, salmon, and mackerel
      • Hot dogs or deli meats (It is recommended that you cook them prior to eating)
      • Refrigerated meat spreads
      • Unpasteurized milk or juices
      • Store-made salads, such as chicken, egg, or tuna salad
      • Unpasteurized soft cheeses, such as unpasteurized feta, Brie, queso blanco, queso fresco, and blue cheeses
      • Raw sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, etc)
  • Too much caffeine! Drinking high amounts of caffeine may be harmful for your baby. Small or moderate amounts of caffeine (less than 200 mg (milligrams) per day) appear to be safe during pregnancy. This is the amount in about 12 ounces of coffee. 

For more information:

Nutrition During Pregnancy FAQs

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