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Posted by: Louisa | 2004/10/22

Proper pregnancy diet

I am 8 weeks pregnant and do not have a medical aid. I eat lots of vegetables, but almost no fruit and I am worried that my calcium intake may not be suffient, since I cannot stomach dairy products (milk, cheese, eggs, etc. makes me extremely nausious).

Is there any not too expensive supplements that I can take to ensure a healthy diet during my pregnancy?

Also, somebody mentioned that I should take folic acid during the first 3 months of pregnancy. What is it, in which foods is it found, how much should one take?

Thank you.

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Dear Louise
Congratulations on your pregnancy. It is essential that you take a good calcium supplement which provides at least 1000 mg of calcium a day - try Calcium Sandoz or Caltrate. It is also a good idea to take folic acid (buy at the chemist) for the entire 9 months. Folic acid supplements are inexpensive. I hope you are under the guidance of a medical dr as you may need to have blood tests to check if your iron levels are normal and if not, to get an iron-folic acid supplement too. So please do you for a checkup to make sure that your mineral levels (calcium and iron) and vitamin levels (folic acid and other B vitamins) are adequate. Click on 'Diet' and "Eating throughout life' and read the articles on 'Pregnancy'.
Enjoy your pregnancy
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