Pregnancy Diet

As part of a diet for pregnancy, women need about 60 grams of protein per day. This is about the same as two or more 2- to 3-ounce servings of cooked lean meat, poultry without the skin, or fish, or two or more 1-ounce servings of cooked meat.
Don't eat uncooked or undercooked meats or fish. These can make you sick. Pregnant women should also avoid deli luncheon meats.
Eggs, nuts, dried beans, and peas are also good forms of protein. Most women in this country have no problem getting at least this amount of protein each day.
Protein builds muscle, tissue, enzymes, hormones, and antibodies for you and your baby. These foods also have B vitamins and iron, which is important for your red blood cells. Your need for protein in the first trimester is small, but grows in your second trimester and third trimester, when your baby is growing the fastest and your body is working to meet the needs of your growing baby.

Should I Avoid Fish?

Some fish have mercury, which, in high doses, can hurt your baby's growing brain and nervous system. There are some fish you should NOT eat if you are pregnant. Here are some guidelines for fish to avoid as part of the diet for pregnancy:
  • Do not eat any shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish (also called golden or white snapper) because these fish have high levels of mercury.
  • Do not eat more than six ounces of white or albacore tuna or tuna steak each week.
  • Limit your fish to no more than two servings (12 ounces total) per week. When you eat fish, choose shrimp, salmon, pollock, catfish, or "light" tuna, as they are usually low in mercury.
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