Can You Get COVID-19 Again? Replay our May 22 HDLive!

Follow Our Live Coverage of COVID-19 Developments

Health Tip: Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

Adjust your diet long before conception

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDay News) -- Three months to a year before you conceive, it's important to begin preparing your body for pregnancy.

The American Pregnancy Association offers these suggestions:

  • Get plenty of folic acid by eating lots of leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, nuts and fortified whole grains. Or take a daily supplement of 400 micrograms.
  • Drink at least three eight-ounce glasses of skim milk each day to get enough calcium. Other sources of calcium include: cottage cheese, low-fat yogurt, canned salmon, sardines, rice and cheese.
  • Reduce or eliminate caffeine from your diet.
  • Eliminate all artificial sweeteners, alcohol, any drugs that are not recommended by your doctor, and cigarettes.
  • Take any prenatal vitamins or supplements recommended by your doctor.


Last Updated: