A pregnant woman needs optimal nutrition to nourish herself as well as her growing baby. Her diet should focus on whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, lean proteins and healthy fats. Dairy products such as milk and yogurt are also highly encouraged. If a woman is lactose-intolerant, Lactaid milk is available and yogurt, because of its beneficial bacteria, can often be tolerated by lactose-intolerant individuals. Care should also be given to ensure that adequate iron is in her diet as anemia is quite common in pregnancy. Foods rich in folic acid (such as leafy greens) are also essential as folic acid can help prevent birth defects.
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