Pregnancy is an exciting time! And from the moment of conception, nutrition plays a large role in the growth and development of your little one.

This is real motivation to get you to start eating clean, fresh foods which are full of nutrients.

Here we are going to look at some of the top nutrients and foods you should include in your diet while you are pregnant.

1. Folate

Folate or folic acid is a very important B vitamin before and after conception. Folate plays a major role in early development. Making sure that you receive adequate amounts of folate will help prevent neutral tube defects in your baby.

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It is suggested that you make an extra effort to get in enough folate one month before pregnancy and during your first trimester.

Now that we know folate is one of the most important vitamins during pregnancy, what are the sources?

This nutrient occurs in high amounts in beans and lentils as well as green vegetables. Be inspired to make a lentil curry or have baked beans as a side for an English breakfast. Indulge in summer salads with lettuce, kale or spinach. Enjoy a vegetable side like asparagus or broccoli with dinner. Folate can also be found in mangoes and oranges, which are both great fruits for a fruit salad.

If you feel you won’t be able to take in enough folate via your food. Chat to your doctor about going onto a folic acid supplement.

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