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You're pregnant and thinking about how it will affect your weight. Most women will gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy. Underweight mothers-to-be may need to gain more, while overweight and obese pregnant women may only need to gain 10 to 20 pounds.

Essential Nutrients for Pregnancy

Sensible, balanced meals are the best way to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy. This means eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats. These are some essential nutrients for you and your baby:

Folate and folic acid found in and leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, and fortified cereals help prevent serious abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord, and decrease the risk of preterm delivery.

Calcium from dairy products builds strong bones and teeth for you and your baby, and also helps your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems.

Vitamin D in eggs and fatty fish, such as salmon, also helps build your baby's bones and teeth. You'll find Vitamin D in fortified milk and orange juice.

What Not to Eat While Pregnant

Avoid refined carbs in white bread, white rice, sweets and sugary drinks that can spike your blood glucose levels.  Don’t eat soft cheeses or raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood or eggs that may contain harmful bacteria.  Eliminate tobacco and alcohol and cut back on caffeinated soda or coffee.

Can I Exercise While Pregnant?

Yes, exercise such as walking can also help you maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy, give you more energy and reduce back pain.

OB/GYN in Southgate, MI & Brownstown, MI

Your OB/GYN is the best resource for questions about weight gain during pregnancy. If you’re looking for a women’s healthcare provider in the Downriver Michigan area, contact Northline Women’s Health Center to request an OB/GYN appointment at our Southgate or Brownstown office.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax