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Focus: Prepare Well For A Healthy Pregnancy - Role of nutrition when having a baby

Nutrition is Key: Pre-Pregnancy

Planning to conceive begins with preparing your body to provide the best environment and nourishment for the fetus to grow and develop fully to term. Eating specific foods well before pregnancy ensures that you and your baby start out right.

Significant nutrients for pre pregnancy are B-Complex Vitamins, especially folic acid and Vitamin-C and also minerals like calcium and iron. A few tips -

  • Don't smoke or drink alcohol. Limit caffeine
  • Ensure you get enough vitamins - specially folic acid**
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Try to get health problems such as diabetes under control;
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, & whole grains.

** Folic acid helps protect a baby from birth defects of the brain and spinal cord (spina bifida) that can occur in the first trimester (or even before you even know you're pregnant).


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Tomatoes Stuffed With Herbed Fish Stuffing
Recipe Of The Week - Tomatoes Stuffed With Herbed Fish Stuffing (Macchi-Tamatar)
No. of calories per serv: 242
No. of servings in this recipe: 4
This recipe has:
  • Low Sugar
  • Low Carbohydrates
  • High Calcium

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