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Healthy Eating for You and Your Baby
Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding have specific nutritional needs. Key nutrients for a healthy pregnancy include:
- Folic Acid reduces the risk of birth defects that affect the spinal cord. Pregnant women need 600 micrograms of folic acid daily, and it's recommended that all women of childbearing age take 400 micrograms daily.
- Iron is a nutrient recommended for pregnant women as maternal iron deficiency anemia is a pregnancy risk. Pregnant women need 27 milligrams of iron a day.
- Calcium is needed during pregnancy for the healthy development of a baby's teeth, bones, heart, nerves and muscles. It is important to consume 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day before, during and after pregnancy.
To ensure that you are getting the right balance of nutrients to support you and your baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit the Nutrition for Women section.
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