Iron is a key nutrient for pregnancy. So, let’s find out a little more about it so you can make sure to keep it on the menu now and right throughout your pregnancy. You need to think of iron regularly when choosing foods to make sure you are getting enough. Include some of the following in your diet: lean red meat (beef, lamb and pork), chicken, oily fish and eggs. Other non-animal foods which contain iron include breakfast cereals with added iron, peas, beans and lentils, dried fruits (prunes, apricots, raisins) and green vegetables like broccoli and spinach. Try to include at least one of these iron-rich foods at lunch and again with your evening meal.
 
Vitamin C can help your body to release the iron from food, so stock up on these good sources of vitamin C to boost your iron levels:
  • Oranges (or freshly squeezed juice)
  • Berries
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Green vegetables
  • Peppers
Think of combining one of these foods with your iron-rich foods to pack a nutritious punch. For example, have your freshly squeezed juice with your wholegrain breakfast cereal or a baby spinach and tomato salad with an omelet, all simple combinations to ensure you get the most from your meal.

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