It might have been ok for you to eat anything you preferred before you conceived; however things are different now. This is because now you are responsible for the right nutrition of you and your baby and under no circumstances can you let your baby suffer.
That is why it is very important for pregnant women to know what kind of a diet they should be having. More importantly you have to consume food products that will help the development of your baby.
On average women need around an extra 300 calories during pregnancy. Make sure you have around 6 ounces of grains every day. This can include foods such as a bread slice, a cup of cereal, small pancakes and tortillas. You should have at least 3 cups of vegetables.
You can have raw or cooked ones as per your preference. However having raw or boiled will be better because it will be more nutritious for your body. You should consume your portion of green leafy vegetables in the form of a salad with very little dressing. Also have a cup of dried fruit or freshly cut fruit and around a dozen grapes.
Have a cup of milk, warm or cold is up to you and one cup of yogurt. Providing your body with ample calcium is very important because it helps you be strong, and allows your baby to grow as well. You can also have 1-3 ounces of natural and processed cheese as per your choice. Dairy products are very crucial to the health of a pregnant woman.
Protein is by far one of the most important parts of your diet. Have peanut butter on a slice of bread or however you like it. Having a portion of dried beans will provide you with lean protein and in addition to that meat is very important to your diet. You can have a whole cup of steamed or boiled chicken or fish meat. Have an egg or two during the day as well, preferably during breakfast.
Consume Folic Acid in the form of beans, green leafy vegetables, and orange juice and grain products to help the brain and spinal development of your baby. You do not have to cut down on the foods you like, just monitor what you eat, and eat right.