Preparing for Pregnancy

Preparing for Pregnancy


Nutrition Before Pregnancy

You need about 300 extra calories a day after the first trimester to maintain a healthy pregnancy. These calories should come from a balanced diet of protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains.

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Folic Acid for a Healthy Baby

Getting enough folic acid can reduce the risk for neural tube defects (NTDs) and may also reduce the risk for other serious birth defects of the brain and spinal cord.

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Watch Your Weight

The best way to lose weight is to set a reasonable goal and lose it slowly and gradually. Here are some tips to help you.

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Planning a Pregnancy

Planning ahead and taking care of yourself before becoming pregnant is the best thing you can do for you and your baby.

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Components of Food

When trying to make heart-healthy changes to your lifestyle and diet, it is helpful to know some basics about nutrition.

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