Eating During Pregnancy

What should I eat? What should I avoid? Am I really eating for two? And why am I thinking about ice cream all the time? We know you have all kinds of questions and we want to help you find good answers. You can help give your baby a healthy start in life by making nutrition a priority during pregnancy. So, pick up a fork and start reading!

Do you know about SNAP benefits? SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP used to be known as food stamps. SNAP is a benefit that helps people and families buy food to stay healthy.

  • Your household could be eligible for SNAP benefits. The Division of Family Resources will determine if you are eligible for SNAP.
  • Applying for SNAP is easy! Apply online through the FSSA Benefits Portal at You can:
    • Fill out an online application.
    • Print and mail the application.
    • Ask for a paper application by mail.

You can also apply by calling DFR at 1-800-403-0864. Call today to get started. Visit to learn more about SNAP food assistance.

Learn more about transportation if you need a ride to pick up food.

Good Nutrition Makes a Difference

Pregnant women need about 300 more calories a day. Make those calories count with good, nutritious foods. Here are some ways to focus on good nutrition if you are pregnant:

  • Choose high-calcium foods
  • Try to eat fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colors
  • Enjoy high-fiber foods, like bran cereal, dried fruits, broccoli, brown rice
  • Eat foods that are good sources of iron, like spinach, enriched grains, eggs, raisins and beans
  • Take a prenatal vitamin every day to make sure you’re getting what you need.
  • Avoid alcohol and limit your use of caffeine (from soda, coffee, and tea).

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