A Well Balanced Pregnancy

Sep 29, 2020 | OB

Eat this not that…One of the surprising things you soon discover when you become pregnant are the list of foods to avoid. Of course, you’re eating for two, but you still need to be aware of the food you put in your mouth.


Pregnancy puts quite a strain on a woman’s body and part of that strain can lower the immune system.  This leaves you vulnerable to viral and bacterial infections, as well as food borne illnesses such as Salmonella, E-Coli and Listeria, to name a few.

Your healthcare provider will suggest certain diet restrictions in order to protect you and your baby from preventable illnesses.   Some of the foods you will be urged to avoid are as follows:

  • Shellfish
  • Uncooked seafood
  • Undercooked meat and eggs
  • Unpasteurized milk or cheeses
  • Deli Meats- hot dogs, cured meats
  • Sushi

Life is all about balance right?.  Even though the list of food no-no’s might be a little longer than you wish, there are many healthy foods you should consume while pregnant in order to have a well balanced pregnancy.  You’ll want to make sure you getting plenty of calcium, protein, fiber, and fatty acids, just to name a few.  There are so many amazing sources of these vitamins that will support your hormones, your overall immunity and help your baby grow strong and healthy. 

  • Salmon
  • Shrimp
  • Domestic Crab
  • Poultry- Chicken and Turkey
  • Legumes
  • Beans
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Nuts and seeds…did you know Chia seeds can be one of the best sources of calcium?
  • Spices- don’t forget the nutritional value in spices.  Cinnamon is one the top spices for utilizing the use of insulin.  If sugar issues are a problem for you when you get pregnant, add more cinnamon to your diet.  It will support your pancreas and liver. 
  • Berries

The list is lengthy of all the ways you can strengthen your immune system when you get pregnant.  One of the best tricks out there, is to ask yourself one question when you choose what to eat…
Is this the most nutrient dense food I could choose right now?  Stopping to ask yourself this simple question helps you pause for the moment rather than eating mindlessly through the day.  It allows the chance to make a better choice.  
Still not sure how to feed yourself and your baby?  Let us know what questions you have at your next Madison Women’s Clinic appointment and we can help you get on track! 

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