Health Matters

Nutrition and Pregnancy

Eat better, not more.

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Healthy eating is beneficial before, during, and after pregnancy. Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton, an OB/GYN in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine says eating right can be one of the best things you can do for you and your child.

“Just because you are pregnant, there is no need to eat for two. Those underweight may be advised to gain up to 30 pounds, and those overweight may be advised to gain 15 pounds or less. Instead, you should eat a well-balanced diet to support pregnancy and maintain a healthy weight.”

  • Take a vitamin with extra folic acid and iron before and throughout pregnancy to help prevent birth defects and anemia of pregnancy.
  • Stay hydrated with water throughout the day.
  • Avoid unpasteurized cheeses, undercooked meats, and raw fish. Also, limit fish with higher mercury levels, like tuna.

“Eat better and not necessarily more for a healthier pregnancy.”