Size of Fetus at One Month:
Eating for Two During Pregnancy:
Benefit: Helps minimize the risk of babies born with neural tube defects (NTDs), major birth defects of a baby’s brain or spinal cord.
How much you need: 400 mcg daily
Sources (as folate): Found in dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce; cruciferous vegetables such as brussels sprouts, rapini, and cauliflower; and fruits including oranges, grapefruit, and strawberries; daily supplement.
Supports: Healthy brain and eye development; fetal neurodevelopment; mother’s healthy mood
How much you need: 300 mg daily
Sources: Fatty fish including salmon, sardines, herring, tuna, and anchovies; supplements
Supports: Helps minimize risk of anemia during pregnancy, particularly during the third trimester
How much you need: 27 mg daily (CDC)
Sources: Meat, poultry, lentils, lima beans, soybeans, spinach, iron-fortified foods; supplements
Supports: Needed to make thyroid hormones, which are vital to the healthy development of the central nervous systems and skeletal systems of fetuses and babies during pregnancy.
How much you need: Women pregnant or lactating: 220-250 mcg daily; women breastfeeding: 250-290 mcg daily.
Sources: Seafood, meat, dairy, and eggs; daily supplement
Nutrient Spotlight: Folic Acid
Folic acid (vitamin B9) helps minimize the risk of babies born with neural tube defects (NTDs), major birth defects of a baby’s brain or spinal cord.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends taking 400 mcg of folic acid daily at least one month before conception and throughout your pregnancy.1
Since it is hard to get the nutrients you need every day from diet alone, it is important to take a vitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid every day.
Normal to Experience:
Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Do you have a case of baby fever? Not sure? Side effects include (but are not limited to):
So, any of this look familiar? If so, you may have an acute case of baby fever!
The cure? There is none, just go forth and enjoy your pregnancy…and welcome to the club!
Call Your Doctor When…
Some spotting (or vaginal bleeding) is normal very early on in pregnancy. Causes may include an infection, vaginal intercourse, or hormone fluctuations; however, always let your healthcare provider know if you are spotting, regardless of what may be causing it.
Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience the following:
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation.