Clarification of Answer by
23 Apr 2005 17:40 PDT
Yep, sorry, as soon as I hit post I realized I hadn't gone into detail
on the contents of some of the pages.
By far the most detailed and practical page in the list I gave you is
the one from the Women's Health Information Center
(http://www.4woman.gov/faq/preg-nutr.htm). It has the serving size of
each food group with suggestions of which ones are best for pregnant
women. Also which fish to avoid entirely and which to eat in
"Whole-grains or Enriched Breads/Cereals ?
Aim for nine or more servings. Whole grain products and enriched
products like bread, rice, pasta, and breakfast cereals contain iron,
B vitamins, some protein, minerals, and fiber that your body needs.
Some breakfast cereals have been enriched with 100% of the folic acid
your body needs each day. Folic acid has been shown to help prevent
some serious birth defects. Choosing a breakfast cereal or other
enriched grain products that contain folic acid is important before
and during pregnancy.
One Serving Size = 1 slice bread, 1/2 cup of cooked cereal, rice, or
pasta, 1 cup ready-to-eat cereal"
The article from KidsHealth for Parents
offers specific foods that are good for each food group as well as
ones that will help you reach the vitamin balance you need. Example:
blood and protein production, effective enzyme function
green leafy vegetables, dark yellow fruits and vegetables, beans, peas, nuts"
red blood cell production (needed to prevent anemia)
lean red meat, spinach, iron-fortified whole-grain breads and cereals"
There are several print publications available from your GP or OB/Gyn
that have dietary guidelines for pregnant women. One that I've seen
is called "Great Expectations" and is published by Customized
Communications, Inc. I strongly suggest you contact your doctor for a
copy of this or whatever publication he/she uses - as it not only
includes dietary guidelines but also information on what medications
are safe/unsafe during pregnancy.
The only strong recommendations for vitamin intake are the folic acid
(0.4 mg/day) and iron (30 mg/day). Most doctors prescribe a prenatal
vitamin that takes care of both - as well as provides a balanced
As far as fish go - doctors don't agree on this but there are
guidlines from the EPA
"By following these 3 recommendations for selecting and eating fish or
shellfish, women and young children will receive the benefits of
eating fish and shellfish and be confident that they have reduced
their exposure to the harmful effects of mercury.
1: Do not eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish because
they contain high levels of mercury.
2: Eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish
and shellfish that are lower in mercury.
Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are
shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish.
Another commonly eaten fish, albacore ("white") tuna has more mercury
than canned light tuna. So, when choosing your two meals of fish and
shellfish, you may eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) of albacore
tuna per week.
3:Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and
friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. If no advice
is available, eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) per week of fish
you catch from local waters, but don't consume any other fish during
I hope that helps clarify a bit! Please let me know if I've missed anything -