Can a Picky Eater Have a Good Prenatal Diet?

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
I know you're suppose to drink lots of milk but I don't like milk. I didn't even like it before I was pregnant.

I'm also not fond of vegetables. The only veggie I eat are greens and I am a very picky eater.

I've been trying to figure what types of things to eat I have a list from the doctor but it just does not seem be working. What am I suppose to do about this situation?

ANSWER

You definitely need your calcium so if you do not like milk it is time to think about other ways to get calcium. You can try foods such as soy milk (the chocolate is very good), yogurt, low fat cheese, and orange juice fortified with calcium. You can also talk to your doctor about taking a calcium supplement.

Greens are a good vegetable so keep eating ones that you DO like. In fact, dark leafy greens contain calcium. You can try hiding vegetables in casseroles, soups, sandwiches, etc... Many people will say they HATE all vegetables without even trying them so try to keep an open mind and look through the vast variety of vegetables that are available. They ALL have different tastes and textures so it is difficult to say you just hate them all. Start trying them and find some that you enjoy!

Make sure to get plenty of fruits as well as whole grains to keep your fiber content up.

-- Kimberly, RD LD

Kimberly Tessmer

Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD LD has been a registered dietitian since 1992 and is also an Ohio licensed Dietitian. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Technology (Dietetics) from Bowling State University in Bowling Green, OH. She currently owns and operates a consulting business called "Nutrition Focus" www.nutrifocus.net, in which she specializes and offers services in the areas of weight management, general nutrition, authoring, menu development and a variety of other services.

To date Kim has authored three books including "The Everything® Nutrition Book", "Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Celiac Disease", and "The Everything® Pregnancy Nutrition Book". In addition, Kim has written numerous articles for various health/nutrition web sites and magazines including Bally Total Fitness Magazine, Well and Healthy Women Magazine and Healthology.com, Inc as well as continuing education courses for www.care2learn.com. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the ADA Practice Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs.