While pregnant, you have a higher need for vitamins and minerals, so eating nutritious food is more important than ever. Choose foods high in nutrients, avoid added sugars and saturated fats, and consider taking prenatal vitamins and supplements. For prenatal care options, talk to your general practitioner or visit a FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) for more information. Also, consider buying a meal plan for easy access to a variety of nutritious, fresh foods in your school’s dining hall.
As your pregnancy progresses, you may decide to invest in maternity clothing. This does not have to be a financial burden—plenty of pregnancy support centers offer discounted or free maternity clothing; check OptionLine for a comprehensive list of those in your area. Additionally, local houses of worship may provide material support, and Goodwill offers low-priced maternity clothing. You may also consider asking an adviser at your campus’s health education services if they have any maternity clothing donations on hand.