A folic acid supplement of at least 400 micrograms daily should be taken ideally for three months prior to conception, and for the first three months of pregnancy. This significantly reduces the risk of neural tube defects (such as spina bifida) in your baby. A multivitamin containing iron, calcium, folate, iodine etc. should be taken throughout pregnancy, and ideally for the duration of breast-feeding.
A balanced diet is recommended throughout pregnancy, with appropriate serves of complex carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, lean protein and dairy products. For further information on healthy eating in pregnancy, please go to: www.eatforhealth.gov.au.
Other foods to avoid