Eating Baby Rice Cereal While Pregnant

QUESTION

I was wondering, I am about 5 weeks pregnant and I'm not eating and tolerating things so great.

Is it okay and nutritionally worth it to eat the baby rice cereal wih DHA and probiotic? Is it nutritional enough as a meal? This is almost the only thing I dont feel sick after eating.

ANSWER

The mommy eating baby food while pregnant is not recommended for overall balanced nutrition, especially in regards to your protein needs. Let's find some other foods that your body can tolerate.

Great easy to digest foods are scrambled eggs (to get the highest biological value protein) with some dry toast (or maybe with a little 100% fruit spread on top). Have a smoothie made with some organic frozen fruit of choice, a banana, some nonfat or 2% Greek Yogurt and some organic 1% milk. Blend it the night before and keep it in your refrigerator and press whip the next morning. Have some Barbara's saltine crackers next to your bed to eat before you get out of bed, helps prevent nausea.

If you aren't hungry for a meal, it's okay, just have some nutrient-dense snacks every three hours you are awake (with some carbohydratess and protein), e.g., fruit and a string cheese, a smoothie or some organic kefir (delicious yogurt drink-great immune boost, too).

Health and happiness to you,

Deborah Klein, MS, RD

Deborah Klein

Deborah Klein , MS, RD, is the world’s first Livitician™ coach, a term she coined beyond Dietician, counseling clients on nutrition and fitness for 17 years. Her mission is to educate others on achieving optimal wellness through balanced eating, intrinsic coaching and exercise.

At University of California, Davis, Deborah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a minor in Exercise Physiology and received her Registered Dietitian license in Georgia. She also completed her Master’s of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and is a PhD candidate at Saybrook University Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine. She is also a Certified Intrinsic Coach, which she incorporates into her nutrition counseling to delve into the core of ones’ experiences and thoughts, to identify any barriers to enable long-term health.

Her past career experiences include hosting a TV show in Georgia on Midday News Live, teaching “5 A Day - For Better Health,” working for CNN, Food & Health News and honored as “Registered Dietitian of the Year” by the Spectrum Health Club in Los Angeles. Recently, she was named “Young Dietitian of the Year,” by the American Dietetics Association and served as President of the Los Angeles Dietetics Association.

Currently, Deborah has a private practice where she specializes in weight loss, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, disease prevention, and long-term wellness. She is the author of “200 Superfoods That Will Save Your Life” published by McGraw-Hill, Inc. that details her “Livit” philosophy to achieve one’s wellness goals. Through education and discovering each individual’s full potential, Deborah provides individuals with “A Plan to LIVE for!” She resides in Los Angeles and relishes being a mother of 2 boys, Hayden (8 years) and Eitan (6 years).