Nutrition & Iron Enriched Foods

Nutrition is very important during pregnancy. When you choose nutritious foods, your baby is less likely to be born too early or too small. And you're more likely to have an easier pregnancy! During the second and third trimesters, you will need about 300 more calories each day. Read more about nutrition during pregnancy.

During pregnancy, you also need extra iron. This extra iron helps your body make more blood to supply oxygen to your baby. Iron should be taken between meals with orange juice. Fruits and vegetables high in ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) help the absorption of iron into your body.

Tea, coffee and milk reduce the absorption of iron.

Here is a list of iron enriched foods to eat while pregnant:

almonds avocados meats blackstrap molasses
pears cereals dates green leafy vegetables
fish egg yolk dried fruits kindney & lima beans
kelp legumes liver beets
nuts parsley peaches brewers yeast
poultry raisins rice sesame seeds
seafood soybeans wheat bran whole or enriched grain