Proper nutrition during your pregnancy is vital to your new baby's development and overall health. The right amounts for you may vary depending on your own health situation. The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) provides some basic guidelines, but you should talk with your doctor about whether any adjustments to your daily dosages are necessary.
Main building block for cells provides reserves for labor and delivery.
Eggs, lean meats, poultry, fish,cheese, milk, dried peas, beans.
Provides energy, allows protein to be used for tissue growth.
Whole-grain & fortified breads & cereals, fruits, vegetables, rice, pasta, potatoes.
Promotes healthy skin, eyesight & bone growth.
Orange & yellow fruits & vegetables; liver, egg yolks, fortified milk.
Antioxidant, body converts it to Vitamin A.
Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables.
Prevents bone deformation; regulates use of calcium in mother and baby.
Fortified milk, sardines, sunlight.
Forms healthy gums, teeth & bones, keeps tissues in top shape, and improves iron absorption.
Citrus fruits, broccoli, peppers, berries, melons, potatoes with skin
Helps blood cell & hemoglobin formation; early in pregnancy may prevent neural tube defects.
Dark leafy greens, dried peas & beans, whole-grain breads & cereals, citrus fruits, bananas, cantaloupe, tomatoes.
Helps release energy from carbohydrates; maintains healthy brain & nerve cells & heart function.
Whole & enriched grains, beans, pork.
Promotes strong bones & teeth, helps blood clot, helps nerves & muscles respond.
Milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, sardines, green/leafy vegetables.
Helps prevent anemia, carries oxygen to blood, helps immune system, prevents fatigue.
Meats, fish, poultry, legumes, green/leafy vegetables, whole & enriched grains.
Helps metabolism of carbohydrates & fats, helps functioning of nervous & digestive systems, maintains healthy skin.
Meats, poultry, fish, whole & enriched grains.
B6 & B12
Helps prevent anemia, skin lesions, helps normal brain function, helps in making DNA, helps with nervous system.
Green leafy vegetables, meals, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, yogurt.
It's important to pay special attention to medications you take while you are pregnant, especially during the first trimester, a critical time for your baby's development. Unless otherwise noted, the following medications have no known harmful effects during pregnancy when taken according to the package directions. However, no drug can be considered 100% safe.
If you wish to learn more about the safety of any medication please contact your OB-GYN or pharmacist. Your health care provider will consider a medication's benefits and risks, and make recommendations for your specific needs and particular situation to ensure you and your baby’s health.
• Robitussin Regular
• Robitussin DM
Headache or Fever
• Tylenol (acetaminophen)
• Tylenol PM
• Extra Strength Tylenol
Bengay, Tiger Balm, or Icy Hot
Cold & Flu
• See Headache or Fever
DO NOT TAKE: Advil, Nuprin, Motrin, Aleve, Midol, and Naprosyn. Discuss these with your provider. Do not take Tylenol “SA” (Sustained Action) or any “Multi-Symptoms” forms
DO NOT TAKE non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). NSAIDS may affect the developing fetal heart.
• Benadryl or Claritin
• Tavist ND Allergy
Itch or Rash
• Hydrocortisone cream or ointment
• Benadryl cream
• Oatmeal bath (Aveeno)
• Maalox, or Mylanta
• Tums or Rolaids
• Pepcid or Zantac
• Mix 1tsp salt in 8oz glass of warm water and gargle
• Chloraseptic Throat Spray
• Throat Lozenges
Minor Cuts & Scrapes
• Bacitracin, Neosporin, or Polysporin first aid ointment
• Sudafed (DO NOT use in 1st trimester) One pill 3 times per day
• Actifed Cold and Allergy (DO NOT use in 1st trimester)
• Actifed Cold and Sinus (DO NOT use in 1st trimester)
• Saline nasal drops or spray
• Mylanta or Gas X
• Mylicon or Phazyme
• Morning Sickness Magic
• Unisom or Dramamine
• Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
• Preparation H
• Tylenol PM
• Imodium A-D
• Pepto Diarrhea Control
• Colace, Dulcolax, or Senekot
• Milk of Magnesia
• Monistat 3
• Monistat 7