Eating for Two: Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition Tips

9 Eating Dos and Don'ts


  • Try new fruits and veggies each week to maximize your intake of vitamins (brightly colored types pack the most nutrition).
  • Skip empty-calorie snacks in favor of nutrient-packed mini-meals.
  • Give in to cravings now and again, as long as you aim for healthy fare the rest of the day.
  • Take prenatal vitamins, preferably at night when iron is best absorbed.
  • Follow sound food-safety practices: Wash produce well, cook meats thoroughly, and throw away any questionable leftovers.


  • Follow fad diets to slow or limit weight gain.
  • Give yourself permission to constantly overeat.
  • Consume alcohol.
  • Take any extra supplements or vitamins without consulting your doctor.
  • Eat excessively salty foods; they can cause water retention and block calcium absorption.

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