• 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.

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