Folic acid – reduced risk of spinal cord defects – sufficient folic acid can be consumed from green leafy vegetables
Vitamin C – necessary for the body to make collagen. Also helps your body fight infections and acts as an antioxidant. Found in Broccoli, berries, tomatoes and citrus fruit.
Vitamin D – This is a tough one as too much will have risks of birth defects however Vitamin D deficiency will have higher risks of pregnancy complications. Such as: gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm birth and lower birth weight. Ensure to consume no more than 1500mg. Found in Cerals, fatty fish, cheese and egg yolk.
Iron – Iron is used in the process of making extra blood for you and your baby. Iron also helps transport blood to the baby. Found in spinach, red meat, beans and dried fruit
Calcium – Helps baby grow healthy heart, nerves and muscles. Calcium helps develop normal heart rhythem and abilities to clot blood. Also helps developing baby grow strong bones and teeth.