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Super Foods + Smart Advice = The Best Prenatal Diet

Learn these food “equations” and apply them to your prenatal diet to keep you and your baby healthy.

Strawberries + Red Peppers + Cantaloupe = Preterm Delivery Prevention

Adequate vitamin C intake (at least 80 milligrams a day) may help you avoid preterm delivery. That’s because vitamin C aids in strengthening your body’s membranes, including the amniotic membranes—if these rupture, preterm delivery can result.

Foods rich in vitamin C also enhance absorption of iron; this mineral is essential for the formation of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood. “Eating vitamin C foods with vegetable sources of iron will help the iron get absorbed into your body,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., L.D., a Chicago-based American Dietetic Association spokeswoman.

MORE VITAMIN C SOURCES: Broccoli, citrus fruits and juices, mangoes, tomatoes.

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by Nancy Gottesman

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