Want To Get Pregnant? 5 Foods You Should Be Eating Now

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You and your partner have talked about having a baby, but it’s not happening just yet. If you plan to get pregnant within the next few months—or even year— it's important to get your diet on the healthy track now to prepare your body for pregnancy later. To learn more about the easy tweaks you can make to your diet today to increase your fertility and prepare your body for a baby, we talked to Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, author of The Belly Fat Diet for Dummies. 

Here are the five food categories you should make an effort to consume more of so you'll do your body good in the months to come.

1. Folic Acid
"If you plan on getting pregnant any time in the next year you want to make sure your diet is rich in folic acid and that you're proactive about that now," says Palinski-Wade. You can take a supplement, prenatal vitamin, and increase your intake of folic acid-rich foods like fortified whole grains, fortified cereals, vegetables, and citrus fruits. You should be taking in 400-600 mg of folic acid daily before pregnancy and about 800 mg during pregnancy to ensure a healthier pregnancy and minimize risk of birth defects.

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See the rest of the list over at FitPregnancy: Top 5 Foods You Should Be Eating Before You Get Pregnant

This article was originally published at Fit Pregnancy. Reprinted with permission from the author.