Important Vitamins and Minerals During Pregnancy
|Nutrient||What it Does||How Much?|
|Folic acid||Helps to prevent birth defects like spina bifida||0.4 mg|
|Iron||Needed to make extra blood for baby.||16-20 mg|
|Vitamin D and Calcium||Help to build baby’s bones and teeth.||Eat more vitamin D and calcium rich foods – cow’s milk, fortified soy beverages, yogurt, cheese and fish.|
You can often get these nutrients from a prenatal vitamin. A health care professional can help you find one.