You and your baby need a full range of nutrients, including folic acid, iron and calcium. Plus, your baby is going to take all the nutrients he needs, even if it means putting you at a deficit. Starting even before you are pregnant, experts recommend taking a multivitamin that has 400 µg (0.4 mg) of folic acid to decrease the risk of neural tube defects. In addition, your daily multivitamin should also contain 16-20 mg of iron to help ensure you have a healthy pregnancy. Check with your doctor or dietitian to ensure that your multivitamin contains the right amount of iron for you.

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