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Nutrition Tips

Prior to pregnancy lifestyle changes along with dietary modifications are must you have to modify your diet too. Eat a balanced diet.

  • Consume adequate synthetic folic acid daily (from fortified foods or supplements) AND food forms of folic acid from a varied diet.
  • Consult a medical professional to take adequate dose of folic acid. You can supplement this with fortified breakfast cereals; citrus fruits and juices; dried peas and beans; and green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, collard and turnip greens, and broccoli.
  • Eat foods high in iron, iron-rich plant foods, iron-fortified foods, or foods that facilitate iron absorption, such as vitamin C- rich foods.Iron is important during pregnancy as it prevents anemia.
  • Eat a variety of fruits
  • Eat more dark green veggies, such as broccoli, kale, and other dark leafy greens; orange veggies, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and winter squash; and beans and peas, such as pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans, garbanzo beans (chick peas), split peas, and lentils.
  • Get your calcium-rich foods.Eat at least 3 ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice, or pasta every day. One ounce is about 1 slice of bread, 1 cup of breakfast cereal, or 1/2 cup of cooked rice or pasta.
Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans, peas, nuts, and seeds.