Take a multivitamin with folic acid
iStock/puhhha If you’re trying to conceive, it’s recommended that you take a daily multivitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid. Folic acid is an important B vitamin that has been shown to reduce birth defects, mainly spina bifida and anencephaly. Having an adequate amount of folic acid in your system prior to conception is best to reap these benefits, but it’s important to begin taking it as soon as you learn of a pregnancy. (That’s why it’s important all women of child-bearing age who could get pregnant, even accidentally, take a supplement.)
Eat a nutritionally rich diet
iStock/Maria_Lapina Eating well is one of the best ways to ensure that your unborn child has the best chance of entering the world completely healthy. Enjoying foods that are rich in vitamins, including folic acid along with vitamin C, ensures you’re getting enough of those vitamins since your body absorbs them better through food than through supplements. So make sure plenty of fruits and veggies are on your plate all throughout pregnancy, as well as lean proteins. Of course, pregnancy is not a time to try a new diet, unless it has been recommended by your doctor. Bottom line: Eat foods naturally rich in nutrition, avoid empty calories, and you’ll be on the right track to help your baby have a healthy beginning. Here are 50 healthy eating tips to help you get started.