Congratulations on expecting a new little person in your life!

While your body transforms one cell into the billions of cells that make up your new little person, read about ways to make sure you are getting the nutrients you need and taking good care of yourself. Learn more about topics that interest you by clicking on the links throughout the text.  During my years of seeing the pregnant patients in a Family Practice Physician’s office I saw hundreds of women during their first few months of pregnancy and counseled them about eating and nutrition related pregnancy concerns.  The following is information that can make a difference to you and your new little person.

Pregnancy increases your need for various things in your diet. Often you will be asked to take a prenatal vitamin. This is mainly because it is difficult to get the amount of iron you need from food alone. You will want to be sure you are getting enough Iron, Vitamin D, Calcium, Folic Acid, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids in your diet.

Many of the things you might experience during your pregnancy like:  nausea and/or vomiting,  feeling tired/fatigued, indigestion/heartburnconstipation,  cravings,  prenatal breast changes, may be helped by what you eat, or do, or know, during this time. The goal is feeling well while trying to eat in a healthy, balanced way.

An obvious part of pregnancy is weight gain. Guidelines for the amount to gain based on your weight before you were pregnant and then the pattern of weight gain are included in the links. These guidelines come from research on the weight gain and weight gain pattern that had the healthiest outcomes for mom and baby.

There are also things to be cautious of consuming or more aware of during pregnancy. Be informed about how these things effect your pregnancy:


Artificial Sweeteners




Medication & Drug Use in Pregnancy


Also, have you thought about how you will feed your baby? I encourage you to consider breastfeeding your baby. The information in the link may provide you with information you and your significant other may not have considered in your feeding decision. I urge you to understand more about the choice you are making about what to feed your baby.

If you have the option, consider delivering in a Baby Friendly Hospital.  These hospitals and birthing centers have undertaken to train staff and strive to giv[e] all mothers the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely . . .(1)

Lastly, check the Resources section to find additional sources of information about pregnancy, breastfeeding and a variety of topics in feeding yourself and your new little person. I leave you with a story from real life. Sometimes my life, sometimes others. Hoping it can provide a little humor or maybe reassure or encourage you in some way.  Rethinking that “to-do list”.  You may find other stories at Real Life Breastfeeding Stories.


  1. Baby Friendly USA.  Available at   Website accessed November 10, 2015.

Written by Sherri L. Gartner, RD, IBCLC, Copyright 2015


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