(ABC) -If you're pregnant, it may seem like everyone has advice to share about what you can and cannot do while you're expecting...especially when it comes to what you eat.
So many people often think being pregnant means no guilt over that second helping, you're eating for two right?
"That's actually false, unfortunately. If you have a healthy diet prior to pregnancy, we would like you to increase your calories by 300 calories a day," said Dr. Stacey Ehrenberg, University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Many people believe food cravings are caused by the growing baby.
"I wish that that were true, but I have to dispel that myth. That is not true. Mom may crave that and mom may want that, but the baby doesn't actually know what he or she needs quite yet. Babies actually need fruits and vegetables, protein and a little bit of carbohydrates, and a little bit of fat, so it can really develop in a healthy fashion," Dr. Ehrenberg said.
You might still be tempted to have that glass or two of wine at dinner but...
“There really is no safe level of alcohol. Is it going to be harmful to have one or two glasses of wine throughout the pregnancy? Probably not, but it's not something we recommend because there are complications and the risks just aren't worth the benefits of having wine," Dr. Ehrenberg said.
Although you don't necessarily have to give up that morning coffee run...
"A little bit of caffeine is certainly safe during pregnancy. Usually I recommend limiting caffeine to two glasses a day," Dr. Ehrenberg said.
In other health news, March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma in Lawton, Duncan and Altus are offering free colon cancer screening kits through the end of the month. Visit any of the three locations to pick yours up or inquire about all of your screening options.
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