I have no idea what to eat.

Danielle - posted on 02/13/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I'm having my first baby and I have no idea what to eat. I'm at 13 weeks and I've had to cut out what I'm used to eating which is like sushi and anything rare. I know I can't have those but what can you eat when your pregnant that is actually good?

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Kathy - posted on 02/26/2010

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Veggies, fruit, fiber, drinks lots of liguids , water, milk...carbs ...all kinds of stuff. I was given pregnancy vitamins. Folic acid is in them which is important too. You will find you will have a lot of meals available that are good for you and your baby. You can ask your ob/gyn for advice or a dietician you can talk to at a local hosp. They can give you lists of good foods you can have. And what you should be eating.I have heard too, that fish (cooked) is okay but not too much of it, especially tuna, salmon, because of the mercury that maybe in it. otherwise you can have fish. Check with nurse about these things as well, they can give you good advice.

Gail - posted on 02/21/2010

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I hope when you say you've cut out anything raw you are talking about proteins, not fruits/veg, etc. They have more nutrients in them than the cooked or canned ones. Just wash fresh produce by rubbing gently under running cool water if you are not peeling it. Lots of fiber helps prevent another hurdle some mommies to be experience later in pregnancy. Good luck and Congrats!! (I have 3, now ages 15 -23. You'll do great!)

Sara - posted on 02/21/2010

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I'll just add that NOT all seafood is off limits, and not all has mercury. Mercury is usually an issue in large carnivorous fish (i.e. Tuna, Swordfish, etc.) That said, if you life in a nation that runs on coal (like the US) you breathe in more mercury every day that you will get in one tuna sandwich a week - and the omega 3 fatty acids you get from fish and seafood is REALLY beneficial for your baby's neurological development. So if you like seafood... just eat it in moderation. Just like everything else. Try to keep your diet balanced and varied. There are LOTS of schools of thought out there about things that are "off limits" - but most of those are really suggestions of things to limit, not necessarily cut out. If you have a healthy immune system, your body will be able to handle most of the negative bacteria you might encounter through food.

Laci - posted on 02/20/2010

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Eating nuts does not cause allergies in children. Otherwise you wouldn't be able to have dairy, or gluten, etc. Just keep it healthy, and free of bateria. Soft cheese and unpasterized milk and too much seafood is of course not good. Most allergies are actually developed, children aren't born with them, with a few exceptions.

Fe - posted on 02/18/2010

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I had three healthy kids, when I was pregnant I ate anything that what i like to eat as long as in moderation... You may have a healthy diet of course but as long as everything in moderation its ok.

Danielle - posted on 02/18/2010

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Right now I've cut out like all seafood cuz of the mercury, stopped eating anything raw or undercooked cuz of all the dangers with them, no soft cheeses or unpasturized milk or anything, and also i was told that too many nut products can cause a nut allergy to you baby when your born so i'm eating them but not a lot. Plus right now at this stage food doesn't stay in you lol

Coty - posted on 02/17/2010

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Vegetables and fruits are always good. Stay away from too much sugar, salt. Sugar could cause diabetes, salt can make ya swell up. Proteins, milk are good. Avoid tuna, too much of that is not good. Good luck!

Laci - posted on 02/17/2010

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Theres a great book out called What to Eat When Your Expecting. It will answer all your questions about proper diet and nutrition as far as your baby goes. And also will answer what your lacking that makes you crave certain things. Also, make sure you are taking a prenatal vitamin, even the cheap ones have everything you need.

Also you may want to pick up What to Expect When Your Expecting. It answers your questions about everything else! Hope this helps!

Anna-Marie - posted on 02/16/2010

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My routine used to be all the good stuff in the morning, I used to have a big bowl of healthy cereal, a glass of juice or milk, a multi-vitamin tablet & an iron tablet (towards the 6-7th month your iron levels drop a lot, make sure you have your iron tablet with a glass of orange juice or vitamin c to help absorb it into your body) & during the day whatever I wanted. I ate a lot of fruit & munchie type food, like carrot sticks & nuts as snacks. It's good to be healthy, but remember that whatever you eat so does your baby so I wouldn't even have caffeine let alone a sip of alcohol. This also means that if you have a variety of different foods your baby gets used to it & isn't so fussy when it comes to eating after their born later on.

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you can eat pretty much anything when you're pregnant except raw or undercooked meats, seafood or uncooked eggs and it's not recommended to eat unpasturized milk or dairy products otherwise anything else is fair game.

Good news for you is that you can still eat "sushi" just not the raw fish variety :) do try switching to low sodium soy sauce though as you will need to keep your blood pressure in check since soy sauce is very high in sodium, if you eat out alot or eat lots of packaged foods you may end up with complications near the end of your pregnancy if you don't watch your sodium intake.

All the best and congratulations with your pregnancy!. (I just had baby #3, he's 6 weeks old so i've 'been there' recently, you'll do fine ;)

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Be aware of seafood also. I was told to try to avoid "bottom seafood" such as shrimp, clams....Fish is something to take in moderation. Eat lots of green veggies.

I was once told you can get free prenatal vitamins at Marsh (grocery store with a pharmacy) but I'm not sure where you live, and this was a few year ago.

User - posted on 02/13/2010

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Everything else! Except soft cheeses too (goat, feta, etc)... didn't even know that when I was pregnant!



Just try to be as healthy as possible as baby is relying on you for all their nutrients and will take the best of what you eat, leaving you with what's left over ... lots of fresh fruits and veggies, good amount of protein (meats, nuts..) and carbs (breads, pastas..) for body and brain development.



just eat a balanced diet of all the above and be sure to take a pre-natal vitamin every day... there are many pregnancy websites to help you along.. remember this 9 months will affect the rest of your life!.. be smart! :)



good luck!!

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