4 Smart Habits to Start Now
1. Do breakfast. Your body (and baby) need that nutrient and energy kick start.
2. Let the H20 flow. Water keeps food moving through your digestive system, helping to prevent constipation (a common pregnancy gripe). If you want, pep it up with pieces of cucumber or add an orange slice. Buy a bright, impossible-to-ignore water bottle and sip from it often. Naturally flavored waters are fine; skip any with sweeteners.
3. Cave in to cravings. Indulging a little bit every day can help you avoid going overboard. "I ate chocolate regularly in pregnancy," says Betsy McNab, of Alameda, California. "I never felt deprived." So have that cookie after lunch or a small scoop of ice cream after dinner. If you've made healthy choices the rest of the day, you're golden!
4. Eat mini meals. If morning sickness is messing with your appetite, eating five or six times a day can help; wee meals are also good later on in your pregnancy, if reflux or a big baby gets in the way of digesting.