5 Pregnancy Diet Strategies

Healthy eating tips for you and your baby-to-be.

3. Snack more frequently

Many women feel better eating three small meals with snacks in between. Also, it is preferable to "eat through" your nausea and vomiting rather than to lose weight, says Brown. Snacking will not only help reduce nausea and heartburn, it also lessens your cravings for sweets.

4. Eat more quality foods

Treats are fine in moderation, but don't indulge in too much junk food which are nutritionally empty. Eating more whole foods (and less processed snacks) is the best way to get the essential nutrients you and your baby need. Also ensure you're consuming enough high-fiber foods, which helps prevent constipation, a common problem in pregnancy. How much fiber is enough? "For pregnant women, it's 28 grams a day," advises Brown.

5. Drink more water

Because your body's blood volume is boosted by 40 to 50 percent during pregnancy, staying hydrated is more important than ever. "Most women need about 11 to 12 cups of fluid daily during pregnancy," says Brown. Water is the best choice, but other drinks such as milk and fruit juices can count toward your goal.

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