2. Iron


Iron is necessary to build red blood cells. During pregnancy you need more iron to allow your baby to develop good reserves of iron which will last him or her for the first four to six months of life.

The following table contains easy tricks to add more Iron to your diet.

Vitamin C helps your body to use the iron in vegetables, fruits, grain products, and legumes. Eat foods rich in Vitamin C at the same time as iron-rich foods.

The main sources of Vitamin C are:

  • oranges, grapefruits and their juices
  • tomatoes and tomato juice
  • cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.