Congratulations, you’re pregnant!! Learning that you’re pregnant often comes with a lot of mixed feelings – excitement and joy, but also an enormous pressure to do everything right for the baby, including eating well. I’m breaking it down trimester-by-trimester to give you the essentials of nutrition during pregnancy – starting with the first trimester! Not only is this important info for all pregnant women, but also for those considering pregnancy.
- Folic acid is a critical nutrient in the first trimester of pregnancy. It helps our body make new cells and reduces the risk of neural tube defects.
- Choose a prenatal multivitamin that contains at least 400mcg (0.4mg) of folic acid.
- Try incorporating foods rich in folic acid: beans, lentils, sunflower seeds, enriched grains, green veggies – broccoli, asparagus, and spinach.
- The neural tube closes during the 3rd-4th week of pregnancy (usually before you even know you’re pregnant!), so if you are considering getting pregnant, start taking a supplement with folic acid 3 months before you plan to conceive.