Eat this. Don’t eat that. Do this. Don’t do that. Pregnant women are bombarded with Dos and Don’ts. Use this handy list from Womenshealth.gov to keep it all straight.
• See your doctor regularly. Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy and spot problems if they occur.
• Get 400 micrograms (400 mcg or 0.4 mg) of folic acid every day before and during pregnancy. Getting enough folic acid lowers the risk of some birth defects. Taking a vitamin with folic acid will help you to be sure you are getting enough.
• Eat a variety of healthy foods. Include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium-rich foods, and lean meats.
• Get all essential nutrients, including iron, every day. Getting enough iron prevents anemia, which is linked to preterm birth and low-birth weight babies. Ask your doctor about taking a daily prenatal vitamin or iron supplement.