Woman Healthy – It is recommended you should be taking a 400mcg folic acid supplement per day, ideally before you conceive, or as soon as you find out you are pregnant, and right through the 1st trimester, or until week 12.
Folic acid is important because it reduces the chances of your baby being born with neural tube defects such as spina bifida. It also helps red blood cells form, so it’s essential to the growth of your baby. As well as a folic acid supplement, you can increase your intake by upping your intake of certain foods which contain this vitamin. Try eating more of the following foods which are naturally rich in folic acid.
Healthy pregnancy nutrition
As well as fuel for your baby, you need to ensure you’re eating the right things to keep your own energy levels up too, and if you eat a healthy pregnancy diet you can minimise the weight you’ll need to lose after the birth.
You should eat regularly – ideally three healthy meals and a couple of snacks in between, which will help you to have a continuous supply of energy. Here’s a guide of what to eat during pregnancy:
Have plenty of fruit and vegetables to fill you up plus extra wholegrain cereals and beans which will increase your fibre intake.
Foods to avoid during pregnancy
Most women are aware that there are certain foods which are best avoided during pregnancy. This is mainly to do with the risk of illness from bacteria. Here’s a list of foods we would recommended to avoid during your pregnancy:
You should also be careful to wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly, to cook food fully, all the way through and to have increased hygiene awareness with raw food. This is advisable as there is an increased risk in pregnancy as your immune system is weakened.