Health Tip: Add Iron to Your Diet During Pregnancy

Suggestions for what to eat

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(HealthDay News) -- Pregnant and breast-feeding women should increase intake of iron, a vital component of the body's ability to distribute oxygenated blood.

The Cleveland Clinic suggests how to eat more iron-rich foods:

  • Eat at least three servings daily of iron-rich foods. Meat sources of iron are best absorbed by the body.
  • Eat grains enriched with iron, lean cuts of meat, poultry, fish and vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, collards and turnip greens.
  • Eat legumes such as dried peas and beans, lentils and soybeans.
  • Eat iron-rich fruit, including plums, watermelon, dried fruit, grapefruit, oranges, apricots and berries.
  • Make sure you get 30 milligrams of iron daily while pregnant or breast-feeding.

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