Nutrition During Pregnancy


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If you are a woman seeking information about what foods to eat during your pregnancy, you have come to the right place! This 10-part class will teach you about good nutrition during pregnancy to promote health for you and your baby. Each section of the class should take about 10-15 minutes of your time (the whole class can be finished in about 2 hours). As you journey through your pregnancy, please be sure to talk with your health care provider about this information.

This class will answer the following questions:

  • Why is nutrition so important during pregnancy?
  • Just how much weight should I gain?
  • What are my nutrition needs during pregnancy?
  • What foods should I be eating?
  • What if I am a vegetarian or want to eat a vegetarian diet?
  • What foods or substances should I avoid during pregnancy?
  • Should I take prenatal vitamins and other dietary supplements?
  • How can I handle my food safely and prevent food-related sickness?
  • How do I manage health problems during my pregnancy?
  • Where can I find more information about nutrition and pregnancy?

About this Web site:

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This Web site was written by Lauren Wierwille, MS, FNP-C, RN (pictured left).  She is a certified family nurse practitioner and registered nurse.  Lauren is completing her doctorate degree at the University of Maryland.  Her specialty areas include pediatrics, women's health, and prenatal care. 

The information on this Web site is from the American Dietetic Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the United States Department of Agriculture (MyPlate), the Institute of Medicine, and recently published research evidence.

This page was last updated: July 25, 2013

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