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Pregnancy: Eating Healthy for 2

Paying attention to a healthy diet is even more important when you're pregnant. Here are some essential foods to eat and avoid.

By Colette Bouchez
WebMD Feature

Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario

While healthy eating is important throughout your life, never does it make more sense than during pregnancy -- a time when you are not only taking care of your body, but also helping your baby to develop and grow.

But just as important as what you do eat, is what you skip. Also remember that certain "unhealthy" foods now can take on a new and sometimes more ominous meaning when you are pregnant.

"Foods that you might not be so worried about -- like caffeine or alcohol -- can become a worry once you are pregnant, simply because we don't have all the answers about what can and cannot affect a developing baby," cautions NYU Medical Center nutritionist Samantha Heller, MS, RD.

Diane Ashton, MD, assistant medical director of the March of Dimes agrees and adds: "I think most women are concerned about what they should and shouldn't eat, but I don't think we can repeat the information often enough -- particularly when it comes to the items that should be avoided."

To help make sure you know what you need -- and what you should avoid -- Heller and Ashton helped put together the following guide.


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