Foods You Should Eat (and Avoid) while Pregnant

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If you're pregnant you know that many people are happy to share their opinion about what you should or shouldn't be eating. It's easy to become confused by conflicting information. Fortunately, most doctors will agree on which of these basic foods are or are not safe to consume during pregnancy.

What to Eat

There are many delicious, healthful foods that can not only help you have energy and good health, but these benefits will pass along to the baby as well and ensure his or her growth and development. Folic acid is essential for your growing baby. Many whole grain bread and cereals are fortified with this as well as with iron and fiber. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that help develop the baby's brain and eyes. Eggs and beans provide the protein necessary for the baby's development. Berries provide necessary vitamin C, potassium, and folate. Protein and calcium found in yogurt are other essential nutrients for you and the baby.

What to Avoid

Alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy because of many complications it can cause. Larger fish, such as shark and swordfish, should be avoided, but most smaller fish contain little mercury and are safe to eat twice a week. Tuna, however, should be limited to once per week. Undercooked or raw meat or eggs as well as unpasteurized food can be dangerous because they can be contaminated with harmful bacteria or organisms. Contact our office for more information about other foods.

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