Taking a prenatal vitamin is an essential part of early pregnancy.

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If your typical lunch before you got pregnant consisted of a candy bar and a low-calorie soda, it's time to give your diet a makeover. An important first step is to take a daily prenatal vitamin, which will ensure that your body gets the vitamins and minerals it needs to create a healthy baby. Prenatal vitamins include folic acid, iodine, iron, vitamin A, vitamin D, zinc, and calcium.

Remember that a vitamin pill is no substitute for a healthy diet. Aim to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, non-fat dairy foods, whole grains, lean meats, and safe fish.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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