See the chart below for the number of servings you should have from each food group. For complete information, visit choosemyplate.gov.
Keep track of what you eat for two or three days and compare your intake to the suggested guidelines. This will help you know where you are doing welland how you can improve.
If you need to improve your diet to meet the guidelines work on one or two changes at a time. Doing so will make it easier to meet your goals. Once you have successfullymade one or two changes, you'll be ready to make more changes, if necessary.
Check the label to find out how much caffeine is in your soft drink. Soft drinks contain empty calories and no nutritional benefits for you or your baby.
If you are breastfeeding, limit caffeine, smoking and alcohol. These substances enter your breast milk.
Severely limiting calories can decrease your milk supply.
Postpartum: formula feeding**
3 ½ cups
6 1/2 ounces
* 2,600 calorie diet
** 2,200 calorie diet. For weight loss, you still need to eat the minimum number listed for each group.
Visit choosemyplate.gov to learn more about the food groups and what foods are best for you during your pregnancy.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, sixth edition, preg-ahc-90026, ISBN 1-931876-25-8
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