Once a woman finds out she's pregnant, the questions begin."What should I eat?" "What should I remove from my diet?"—the list of answers can be long. So how do you cut through the noise to decide what's best for your baby and for you?
All of the science and research points to following a healthy balanced diet that provides an abundance of vitamins and minerals from whole and minimally processed sources to best support the baby's growth and development. Increasingly, there's more of focus on what you "can't have" as a pregnant woman. But as a registered dietitian, I tell my clients that what is consumed is as important as what is not consumed.
Often our diets don't meet our bodies’ nutritional needs—pregnant women need more of certain vitamins and minerals to help support the growing baby. Prenatal vitamins and supplements enriched with vitamin D and other pregnancy specific nutrients can be immensely helpful in prepping the body to be ready to conceive and supporting it throughout the pregnancy. Finding a prenatal with sufficient folic acid or to supplement with folic acid separately before getting pregnant is particularly important.