Your pregnancy diet
Here are some critical vitamins for you and your baby. They also play an important role in preparing for breastfeeding.
Vitamin A: Sweet potato, carrot, kale, mango, turnip greens, pumpkin, dark green leafy vegetables and beef liver. Why it’s important: Essential for development of your baby’s immune system, vision, bones and skin.
Vitamin B12: Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy. Why it’s important: Works with folate (a water-soluble B vitamin) to produce red blood cells and helps the body use fatty acids.
Vitamin C: Cabbage, cantaloupe, red bell pepper, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Why it’s important: Aids formation of collagen—a protein that can help cells bond. Also helps absorb iron when eaten with other iron-rich foods.
Vitamin D: Milk, fatty fish, egg yolks. Why it’s important: Helps form bones, prevent rickets and absorb calcium.
Vitamin K: Dark green leafy vegetables. Why it’s important: Helps promote bone formation and assists the body in blood clotting.
Folic Acid: Oranges, green leafy vegetables, fortified cereals, dried peas and beans, nuts. Why it’s important: Aids in the development of the nervous system.
To learn more about healthy snack ideas for pregnancy, print the PDF below.