Adequate iron can prevent anemia - Anemia is caused by an iron deficiency
in your body and is common during pregnancy. It is often treated with
iron supplements and by eating foods rich in iron.
Calcium is essential for baby and you - Pregnant women need extra calcium
for their own health, as well as their baby's.
Eat healthy for both of you - How much weight you should gain depends on
your pre-pregnancy weight. If you had a normal weight before you became
pregnant, you will only need to add about 300 calories each day.
Getting your daily doses of water and food - If your fetus could talk,
her message might be pretty simple: "More water, please!"
Good eating habits should start before conception - Your weight can make
a difference to your pregnancy, as can the kinds and amounts of food you
eat before you get pregnant.
Love it? Hate it? Food cravings and aversions in pregnancy - Most women
experience food cravings and aversions at some point in pregnancy. Only
in rare cases are cravings dangerous. Take steps to make sure you continue
to eat a balanced diet.
Pregnancy and vegetarian diets - By supplementing with prenatal vitamins
and taking care to get enough protein, a vegetarian can get all the nutrients,
vitamins and minerals she needs during pregnancy.
Take care to avoid foodborne illness - Some foods that are not risky for
healthy adults can cause serious illness in pregnant women and may harm
the fetus; they should be avoided. Also take care in how you handle food.
Take your folic acid and other nutrients - Folic acid is a vitamin absolutely
necessary to take, even before pregnancy begins. You may need iron and
calcium supplements, too.