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Folic acid is a B vitamin. Our bodies use it to make new cells. Getting enough folic acid is especially important during growth spurts and during pregnancy.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program

WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food, breastfeeding free of charge to women, infants and children up to age five who qualify. It is a Federal grant program.

Advice for pregnant women.

Fish and shellfish are an important part of a healthy diet. Fish and shellfish contain high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, are low in saturated fat, and contain omega-3 fatty acids. A well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fish and shellfish can contribute to heart health and children's proper growth and development. So, women and young children in particular should include fish or shellfish in their diets due to the many nutritional benefits.

List of Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Because pregnancy affects your immune system, you and your unborn baby are more susceptible to the bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause foodborne illness. Even if you don’t feel sick, some “bugs” like Listeria and Toxoplasma can infect your baby and cause serious health problems. Your baby is also sensitive to toxins from the food that you eat, such as mercury in certain kinds of fish.

Listeria is a type of bacteria found in soil, water, and sometimes on plants. Though Listeria is all around our environment, most Listeria infections in people are from eating contaminated foods.

Food safety is important for everyone – but it’s especially important for pregnant women. The information below is provided by FDA, It is designed to provide practical guidance on how to reduce your risk of foodborne illness.

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