Dinner Diva: Eating for two

Pregnancy brings with it an instant responsibility for keeping two lives well-fed and nourished. The old excuse of “eating for two” does not mean that you should be gorging yourself with whatever is within arms length. Whatever you consume will also be consumed by the baby and will influence your growing child’s needs.

Once again, making a rainbow on your plate with a ton of fruits and veggies is just what the doctor ordered–the more colors the better! Protein is equally as important as baby needs it to make muscles, bones, teeth and hair. Just an extra half serving is usually enough to get you and your baby what you need, but do check with your doctor to make sure you’re getting your nutrition right.

You also need to watch what you’re drinking. There’s more to it then the obvious “no alcohol” rule. Caffeine and sodas need to go and don’t forget, drink up on the water! Your baby and your body both require a little extra.

This is the one time when you want to gain weight, there’s no way around it. You need to eat more healthfully than you ever have, so eat! And eat well!

Dinner Diva column by Leanne Ely. More at


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