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Find out what you can do to have a healthy pregnancy -- and a healthy baby -- with the advice in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Weight guidelines
- Nutritious foods
- Mypyramid.gov (optional)
- Sucralose (optional)
Know what "eating for two" means
Realize that "eating for two" doesn't mean doubling your food. It means remembering that every morsel you put in your mouth affects your baby.
Know the weight guidelines
Know the recommended weight guidelines: 28 to 40 pounds if you're underweight; anywhere from 15 to 35 pounds if you're normal weight; and 15 to 25 pounds if you're overweight. Women may gain more if they are pregnant with more than one baby.
Gain weight gradually
Gain the weight gradually. The general recommendation for a woman of normal weight is to gain two to four pounds during the first trimester, and about a pound a week for the remaining six months.
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
Eat at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day, with the rest of your calories divided among whole grains, dairy, and lean protein. For help in devising a food plan based on your height and weight, go to mypyramid.gov.
Exercise while you're pregnant for at least 30 minutes a few days a week. Not only is it healthier for your baby, it will also allow you to enjoy some treats without gaining all your allotted pregnancy pounds in the first trimester!