Healthy Eating During Pregnancy – A Comprehensive Guide by Dr. Renee Obey

Pregnancy is a journey of transformation and growth, not just for the baby but also for the mother. Ensuring a balanced and nutritious diet during this crucial time is paramount. I’m Dr. Renee Obey from Summit Women’s & Wellness Medical Group in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and I’m here to guide you through healthy eating during your pregnancy.

Understanding Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy

Pregnancy demands additional nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to support the growing life inside you. An increase in calories is also necessary, but it’s more about quality than quantity.

  1. Folic Acid: Vital for preventing birth defects and aiding in fetal brain development.
  2. Iron: Essential for increasing blood volume and supporting fetal growth.
  3. Calcium: Necessary for the development of strong bones and teeth in the baby.

Healthy Diet Plan for Pregnant Women

A balanced diet during pregnancy includes a variety of food groups:

  • Fruits and Vegetables: Rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Aim for a colorful plate.
  • Whole Grains: Source of energy and important nutrients like fiber, iron, and B vitamins.
  • Proteins: Lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, and nuts are excellent sources.
  • Dairy: Opt for low-fat or fat-free dairy products to get enough calcium and protein.

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Certain foods can pose risks to you and your baby:

  • Raw or Undercooked Meats: Risk of bacterial contamination.
  • Unpasteurized Dairy and Juices: Can contain harmful bacteria.
  • High Mercury Fish: Such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish.
  • Excessive Caffeine: Limit to less than 200 mg per day.

Hydration and Pregnancy

Staying hydrated is crucial. Water aids in forming the placenta and amniotic fluid. Aim for 8-10 glasses per day.

Nutrition Tips for Common Pregnancy Issues

  • Morning Sickness: Eat small, frequent meals and avoid greasy or spicy foods.
  • Heartburn: Avoid large meals and spicy foods; eat slowly.
  • Constipation: Increase fiber intake and stay hydrated.

Local Support in Rancho Cucamonga

For personalized guidance, contact Summit Women’s & Wellness Medical Group at 909-736-9091. We are dedicated to your health and well-being during this special time.

Nourishing the Future

Eating healthy during pregnancy is not just about avoiding certain foods; it’s about making informed choices that benefit both you and your growing baby. Remember, each pregnancy is unique, and it’s crucial to consult healthcare professionals for personalized advice.

Stay Connected

For more information or to schedule a consultation, reach Dr. Renee Obey and her team at Summit Women’s & Wellness Medical Group, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Call us at 909-736-9091.


  1. “Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  2. “Pregnancy and Nutrition.” American Pregnancy Association.
  3. “Eating Right During Pregnancy.” Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.