Now that you are planning a baby,along with lifestyle changes you have to modify
your diet too.
Choosing what to eat should be based on a balanced diet and the amount of calories
you need to carry out your daily activities.
Consume adequate synthetic folic acid daily (from fortified foods or supplements)
and food forms of folic acid from a varied diet.
You can get adequate folic acid by taking a multivitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg)
of it daily. You can supplement this with will also find it in 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 heme-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.