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Pregnancy Nutrition Tips from Dr. Tricia Shimer

Eating a variety of healthy foods will help you to consume the right amount of vitamins and nutrients during each stage of the pregnancy.

Weight Gain Throughout Your Pregnancy

Weight gain and calorie intake during pregnancy varies from person to person, so talk with your OBGYN about the amount of calories you need. During this type of consultation, Dr. Shimer will monitor your weight to make sure you are gaining a healthy amount of weight throughout the pregnancy. Depending on your weight before becoming pregnant, it is typically healthy to gain 2 to 4 pounds during the first trimester, 3 to 4 pounds each month during the second and third trimesters.

Healthy Nutrition for Pregnant Women

In addition to eating a balanced diet, a prenatal or multivitamin with folic acid should be taken daily throughout your pregnancy. Getting enough iron, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin B12, helps the baby get the nutrients they need to develop.

Foods to Avoid When Pregnant

While it is recommended that you avoid certain foods that could be dangerous to eat when pregnant, discuss your diet with Dr. Shimer first. Foods you should stay away from include:

  • Refrigerated meat spreads
  • Refrigerated smoked seafood
  • Deli meats and hot dogs
  • Raw sprouts
  • Unpasteurized milk or juice
  • Fish with high mercury levels, like swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel, and shark

Keep these tips in mind when shopping, preparing, and eating during your pregnancy.

Food Preparation Safety

Eating and handling food safely to is even more important when you are pregnant. To prevent food borne illness, be careful to wash your hands after touching raw meat and prevent raw meat from touching other surfaces. Be sure to cook the meat completely or reheat to the appropriate temperature before eating.

Get Pregnancy Advice in Dallas, TX

Contact Dr. Shimer with any questions or concerns about your nutrition plan during pregnancy by calling 469) 364-3760.

Tricia Shimer, M.D., P.A. is closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. 

We are sill open during our normal hours and are providing care and services to all of our patients. 

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (469) 364-3760. 

Here are a few additional resources as well: 

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control

Tricia Shimer, M.D., P.A.—Comprehensive Women's Care