Controlling Weight During Pregnancy

The Best Diet for Baby Continued

If you're vegetarian, be sure to meet your protein needs by eating eggs; tofu and other soy products, such as soy burgers and soy milk; and dried beans, such as split peas. It's important to check with your healthcare provider to make sure you're getting enough protein.

Dairy (3 to 4 servings) gives your body the calcium it needs to help build baby's bones and teeth. This amount should bring your daily intake of calcium to at least 1,000 milligrams. A serving is 1 cup of milk or yogurt, two one-inch cubes of natural cheese, or 2 ounces of processed cheese. Avoid unpasteurized soft cheeses such as Brie, feta, Camembert, and Roquefort, as they can be sources of listeriosis, a bacterial form of food poisoning that's particularly dangerous in pregnancy. Women who can't eat dairy should consult their doctor about taking a calcium supplement.

Fats should be approached the same way as when you weren't pregnant -- sparingly. We're not talking about the healthy fats found in fish and olive oil. The kinds you need to be wary of occur in foods such as butter, meat, and full-fat dairy products. During pregnancy, fats should make up 30 percent of your daily calories. They give you energy and help your body use certain crucial vitamins.

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