Virginia Beach trainer discusses nutrition during pregnancy

Posted at 11:28 AM, Feb 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-11 11:28:30-05

By Holly Henry, WTKR/WGNT Online Producer

Jim White, owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios in Virginia Beach, talks with Kristen Crowley about nutrition and exercise suggestions for pregnant women.

"What should I be eating while pregnant? How much is too much?" Jim answered several of Kristen Crowley's questions and concerns on Monday morning's show.

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Jim recommends six servings per day of starches, and four servings per day of veggies. Also, Jim says a pregnant woman should not necessarily be "eating for two" - he says only an increase of 300 calories per day is necessary. That's about as much as a slice of pizza!

Here's a list of foods that should not be consumed during pregnancy: alcohol; caffeine; saccharine; artificial sugars; soft cheeses; raw fish; and mercury. Jim suggests women take a pre-natal vitamin to supplement their diet, as well.

If you have a food craving, Jim says go with it - however, be sure to have a variety of foods in your diet as opposed to eating the same thing.

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