Zinc is an important nutrient for both you and baby--make sure you're getting enough.

This mineral helps the body build and repair cells and is essential during pregnancy. If you eat animal foods, you're probably getting plenty of zinc. It's found in milk, meat, cheese, eggs, and yogurt, and there's probably some in your prenatal vitamin too.

If you are a vegan--a vegetarian who eats no animal foods at all, including eggs and dairy--you'll benefit from seeking out plant foods that contain zinc. These include whole grains (breads, cereals, and the grains themselves), legumes, tofu, and nuts. Taking an extra zinc supplement is necessary only if your doctor advises it.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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