5 Foods All Pregnant Women Need

These healthy snacks will help provide plenty of important nutrients for pregnancy, including vitamic C, folic acid and calcium.
Weight and Pregnancy: Gain Only What You Need
Weight and Pregnancy: Gain Only What You Need

Orange juice

Not only is this juice high in vitamin C and folic acid, it's also a good source of potassium, which has been shown to help lower high blood pressure, a particular danger during pregnancy.

 

Yogurt

A good source of protein, yogurt has more calcium than milk and also contains active cultures that reduce the risk of yeast infections, which are more common while you're expecting. Also, some people who are lactose intolerant can tolerate yogurt.

Broccoli

Known for being a good source of calcium, this veggie is also packed with vitamin C, folate, and vitamin B6.

Lentils

Like beans, lentils are a great source of folate and are rich in iron and protein. They're also full of fiber, which can help prevent constipation and subsequent hemorrhoids.

Figs

Fresh or dried, figs have more fiber than any typical fruit or vegetable, more potassium than bananas, and plenty of calcium and iron.

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