Folic Acid & Other Vitamins
During pregnancy you need extra nutrients, such as iron and folic acid. Whether
you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, take a daily multivitamin with
at least 400 micrograms of folic acid, which is a type of B vitamin, to prevent
birth defects. Folic acid is very important because it can help prevent major birth
defects of the baby's brain and spine (anencephaly and spina
bifida) by 50% to 70 %.
*See the Parenthood Plus nutrition site.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and eat whole grains, fruits, and
Stay away from junk food. Talk to your doctor about what you should eat and how
much weight you should gain durring your pregnancy. Most doctors recommend gaining
around 25 to 35 pounds, depending on how much you weighed before pregnancy.
Read more about nutrition
Regular exercise combined with a healthy diet helps you stay strong while
you're pregnant and after your baby's born. Regular exercise also relieves stress—just
walking for 30 minutes every day can make a big difference in how you feel. Talk
to your doctor about what kind of exercise is right for you.
Learn more about
how important folic acid is for pregnant women.