The food you eat is important even while you aren't pregnant. Once you discover that you have a little one on the way, it is more important than ever to maintain a healthy diet.
- Step 1: Eat a lot of whole grains to get your daily dose of fiber. You can also get this from fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Step 2: Refrain from eating deli meat, which can also harbor listeria. Any raw meats and smoked shellfish should also be avoided.
- FACT: Studies show that anywhere from 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage.
- Step 3: Limit caffeine, if you can't cut it out completely. Caffeine eliminates liquid from the body. Pregnant women should be drinking plenty of fluids rather than drying out.
- Step 4: Don't take any medication without supervision from your doctor. Your doctor can tell you exactly what supplements you need, and how much to take.
- TIP: Practice good nutrition before you get pregnant to help your fetus develop normally once you do become pregnant. When you decide to conceive, see a doctor about what kind of diet you should be on.
- Step 5: Eat leafy greens, which are rich in folic acid. Folic acid is essential to the baby's brain and spine development.
- TIP: Wash all vegetables and fruits thoroughly before consuming.
- Step 6: Avoid soft cheeses that are unpasteurized like Brie and feta. These cheeses can contain listeria, which can lead to a bacterial infection and consequently a stillbirth or miscarriage.