According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), pregnant women should have a diet that consists of a variety foods including proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fats. A balanced diet is the best way to receive nutrients. Pregnant women should only take vitamin supplements on a health care provider’s recommendation. Supplements do not replace a healthy diet but rather ensure that a woman is receiving enough daily nutrients.
It is very important for all women, especially those who are trying to conceive to have adequate iron and folate intake. Folate is necessary for fertility in both men and women. In women it contributes to the creation of the egg, helps the egg adhere to the uterus during the early stages of pregnancy, and aids in the formation of the placenta. It also prevents spina bifida and other neural tube defects. Folate is found in many fruits and vegetables including asparagus, broccoli, strawberries, lima beans and chick peas (See More).
Iron helps in the production of hemoglobin (carries oxygen around your body), prevents anemia (which is common in pregnancy), low birth weight, and premature delivery. While these two nutrients are extremely important, fruits and vegetables provide essential nutrients that are needed to promote a happy and healthy pregnancy! Make half-your-plate fruits and vegetables at each meal and snack occasion to provide your body with the most nutrients!