Prenatal Care

Folic Acid

All women of childbearing age with even a remote chance of getting pregnant should try to make sure they get enough folic acid. The reason is that many pregnancies are not planned. Many women don't know they are pregnant until later in their pregnancies, and certain birth defects happen in the very early part of pregnancy. Taking 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day can help prevent certain birth defects that occur in the early part of pregnancy. If a woman begins taking vitamin pills in the second or third month of pregnancy, it may be too late to prevent birth defects. Folic acid may also have other health benefits for women besides preventing birth defects.

Prenatal Care and More: Tips for Pregnancy

Additional tips to help ensure the health of you and your baby include the following:
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about how much weight you should gain during your pregnancy.
  • Eat foods rich in folate, iron, calcium, and protein, or get these nutrients through a prenatal supplement.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.
  • Eat breakfast every day.
  • Eat high-fiber foods and drink plenty of water to avoid constipation.
  • Avoid alcohol, raw fish, fish high in mercury, and soft cheeses.
  • Aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days of the week. Talk to your healthcare provider before you begin.
  • After you deliver your baby, continue eating well. Return to a healthy weight gradually.
  • Slowly get back to your routine of regular, moderate physical activity.
  • Take pleasure in the miracles of pregnancy and birth.
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