What should I eat during week 25 of pregnancy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

At 25 weeks the woman needs to continue to eat a healthy, nutrient dense diet and consume adequate fluids. The general recommendation for a woman of ideal body weight before pregnancy is an additional 300 calories per day. Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and food known to be high in mercury or raw foods is important. As the fetus continues to grow, there is less space for the stomach to expand as it fills with food. Many women find that eating 5-6 smaller meals per day is more comfortable than 3 large meals per day. Women who have pre-existing conditions or conditions identified during the pregnancy, such as iron-deficiency anemia or gestational diabetes may be given special dietary guidelines by the healthcare provider.

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Typically during pregnancy you want to add only about 300 extra calories a day. However, if your glucose challenge test (GCT) or glucose tolerance test (GTT) shows up positive, your doctor may recommend a specialized diet to help you lower your blood sugar. If, during routine blood tests done at the same time, your doctor identifies iron deficiency anemia, you may have to include more protein in your diet or take an iron supplement. Also, plenty of liquids can help all of your pregnancy symptoms, including weight gain and edema.

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