Every mother-to-be needs to understand the benefits of good nutrition prior to and during her pregnancy as well as the risks posed by some foods. A balanced diet that includes a daily prenatal vitamin and enough folic acid can minimize many potential problems in pregnancy including some birth defects. Avoiding likely hazards is equally important. During pregnancy, mothers should avoid polluted water, food filled with chemicals like pesticide residues and raw or undercooked seafood and meat.
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