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#1 of 3 Old 08-06-2011, 11:05 PM - Thread Starter
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This is my third pregnancy. I didn't really pay attention to what I ate during my first two pregnancies. This time I want to do it right and eat healthy. Any suggestions? What types of foods should I emphasize for each trimester? Thank you in advance!

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For me, protein was always a big deal during my first trimester! If I didn't get enough I could hardly function and was so headachy & grouchy. So, in addition to what I usually ate, I packed a ton of protein snacks with me to work every day. Some of my favs:


-hummus with crackers/baby carrots/cucumbers (great recipe here)

-smoothie with protein powder

-I'd make a bunch of chicken breasts or tenders to keep in the fridge and snack on them throughout the week

-cottage cheese

-string cheese

-granola bars

-Also, this page has a wealth of info on it.


If you are looking for more general food/health info, I also really liked The Natural Pregnancy Book.

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You should select foods that are high in protein, fiber-rich carbohydrates, iron and calcium. You need approximately 200-300 extra calories daily during pregnancy. We recommend substituting nutritionally "dense" foods like dairy products rich in calcium and protein in place of refined sugars and fats.

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