Healthy Eating & Exercise
Healthy & Safe Eating
Eating a variety of healthy foods and drinking lots of fluids (especially water) will help you get the nutrients your baby needs. Choose healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables. Avoid foods that aren’t recommended for pregnant women.
Take a daily prenatal vitamin with folic acid throughout your pregnancy. Your doctor may also recommend taking an iron supplement to make sure you and your baby are healthy. Caffeine intake may also affect your baby. To be safe, your doctor may recommend limiting the amount of caffeine in your diet to less than 200 milligrams (about two 8-ounce cups of brewed coffee) a day during pregnancy.
Sometimes you may not have enough food in your home. Resources are available in our county to help. Click on More Information below to find resources (2-1-1, How to Find Food Help in OC, WIC, SNAP).
Pregnant Safe Eating
If you are pregnant, you can protect yourself and your baby from food-related illnesses by handling, cooking, eating, and storing your food properly. Fruits and vegetables should be washed before eating.
Avoid meats or fish that are uncooked or undercooked. Also avoid fish with lots of mercury, like shark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel.