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I am 4-1/2 months pregnant and am finding it very difficult to keep anything down. Are there any foods I should be eating to maximize my nutrition while not gaining any weight per my OB’s recommendation since I am already overweight? Meats and whole grains are really hard on me.

Try these tips:

  • Keep saltine crackers on your nightstand, and eat a couple before getting up in the morning
  • Eat smaller meals throughout the day
  • Avoid fried foods and greasy foods
  • Eat dry toast, pretzels and other bland foods throughout the day
  • Minimize your fluid intake with meals, consuming more in between, but be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Take your prenatal vitamin at bedtime and not on a empty stomach
  • Ginger ale maybe a good choice if you have trouble drinking water
  • Maximize your nutrition by eating low-fat dairy products, fruits and vegetables. For protein, try eggs, fish, chicken, beans and peanut butter.

Make an appointment to see a dietitian if this continues to be a problem. The dietitian also can give you advice on eating healthy for yourself and your baby without gaining excess weight. Review the nutrition counseling services at:

BJC dietitians also can be located by calling Help For Your Health at 314.747.7234.

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