• Here are some places you can go to get some food if you run out . . . (e.g., a local hunger hotline and food pantry).

  • This is how to enroll in the . . . (e.g., Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program [EFNEP]).

  • Let me introduce you to our social worker, who will try to help you obtain some extra assistance.

Promoting a Lower Rate of Weight Gain

The following suggestions are targeted specifically to pregnant women, but most of them are applicable to nonpregnant women who want to control their weight.

Suggestions include:

  • Be sure to continue to eat foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat milk, legumes, and lean meat, chicken, or fish.

  • Aim to gain at the rate shown on your weight gain grid even if you have already gained more than the recommended amount. Your baby still needs to gain weight.

  • If you gained weight fast because you ate a lot, look for ways to cut back on foods high in fat and sugar. Also try to avoid situations that lead you to overeat.

  • Club soda or mineral water, plain or mixed with fruit juice, makes a good substitute for soft drinks.

  • If you are not getting much exercise, what can you do safely to use up more energy? Walk? Swim? Dance? Even moderate exercise may be contraindicated for women with multiple gestations, cervical incompetence, or certain other complications of pregnancy.

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