What should I eat during week 3 of my pregnancy?

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Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing

Most women don't even know they are pregnancy at the early gestation of 3 weeks. If you are trying to conceive you will already be eating a healthy diet with adequate calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals as well as folic acid. Any healthy diet should incorporate whole grains/ fiber/ adequate water for hydration as well as the other food groups. Healthy fats are also a part of a healthy diet. Avoiding chemicals, processed foods and mercury containing foods as well as drugs, tobacco and alcohol are also important guidelines to having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Taking a good prenatal vitamin that includes iron / folic acid as well as the calcium and extra vitamins and minerals if you are not experiencing nausea may help assure your body remains in a good nutritional status. Some of the newer vitamins also include DHA and probiotics. Discuss any supplementation, your diet and any other concerns with your midwife or OB/gyn. Entering into prenatal care as early as possible will help you to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. 

During week 3 of pregnancy, you may not even realize you're pregnant yet. However, if you're trying to get pregnant, there are certain things you should be eating anyway. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and protein is also important. Calcium and folic acid, either through diet or vitamins, are important to consume as well. Avoid eating too much fish, which may contain harmful amounts of mercury.

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