Expecting a Baby? Change Up Your Diet #sponsored

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Pregnant change up your dietIf you’re wondering, what’s all this talk on ISDiva about babies, it’s because someone close to me (not me) is having one! So even though I’ve had my son, I’m learning a lot of valuable info to pass on to my loved one.

During your first three months (trimester) of pregnancy, it can be really rough. You struggle with worrying if the baby is ok, getting the proper nutrition, and, of course, the dreaded morning sickness. Here are a few things you should do in regards to your diet to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy.

Take the Right Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are so important to ensure your baby develops healthily. Folic acid and vitamin D are two important nutrients you and your baby will need. They are needed to develop a healthy heart, brain, and spinal cord. I state “right” because not all prenatal vitamins are the same. For instance, my loved one is a vegetarian. She refused to eat eggs! Come on, you need some protein! So her vitamins must contain other ingredients to get those nutrients.

Limit Your Caffeine Intake

You can grumble all you want, but you know too much caffeine is not good for you, and of course, that means the baby either. Pregnancy problems can arise having too much caffeine. So, tea, coffee, and sodas… Yeah, those are out. And, don’t be fooled into thinking the label “decafe” makes it safe. The caffeine has been taken out, which means traces exist. This is however much healthier than caffeinated products. Sneaky foods to be careful of are chocolate and ice cream!

Eat Those Fruits and Veggies

If you weren’t into fruits and veggies before, it’s high time you start. Prep up on smoothies or make fabulous dips if you just can’t get the hang of eating them raw or slightly cooked. I’ll go into cool smoothie recipes in another post!

No More Alcohol

dont drink pregnant

I think the pic is enough here, don’t you?

No More Sushi

Now, some argue this point. I say, be safe. Sushi can still contain bacteria and harmful toxins that your baby can’t take. There are also high levels of mercury contained in seafood. So when eating seafood, make sure it’s thoroughly cooked.

Get Your Rest

Your energy is going to be totally drained when you actually have the baby.


In all seriousness, babies can take up your energy as well as you having morning sickness. If you’re not eating enough nutrients, you’ll be drained before noon. So get plenty of rest, at least relax your body.

Also, if you don’t want that baby up all times of the night and odd hours, get yourself accustomed to a routine bedtime. I know you’ll hate not staying up late watching TV, but you’re going to get your baby adjusted to staying up late if you do also. My son will wake up at noon and not get tired till 5am! See, living proof!

Talk to Your Pharmacist

It’s cool how Walgreens automatically checks your prescriptions against each other to ensure they are safe. However, be sure your pharmacist knows you are pregnant so they can double check any meds you take. Give them any over the counter meds also so they can double check the safety for you.

Sure, it’s a lot here to digest, and there are so many other things to learn as well. You can always find more info by reading at your leisure. Start with a few books on http://www.mommyedition.com/best-pregnancy-books-for-expecting-moms to get you started.


Happy Pregnancy!

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  1. nicole dz says

    Great learning tips here, my sister is expecting her first so she is all about some great advice and what to do and not to do, going to pass this along to her, and the Sushi one I forgot about.

  2. says

    I have one daughter that has an 8 month old, and another daughter that is considering having a baby now, and this information is so important for new mommies. My daughter had such horrible morning sickness, and she was so worried about the baby because for the first three months she couldn’t eat hardly anything. This is a great clear list of things to do and avoid during this special time.
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  3. says

    I have heard about folic acid being very important for the health of an unborn baby, but I did not know that Vitamin D plays a role too. I never stopped to think about the caffeine, but that makes sense…I wonder how many moms know that one. I did learn about the sushi from my best friend who had to stop eating it. I didn’t know that one either. That is scary about the mercury.
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