Pregnancy Your 9 months Your healthy pregnancy diet Unsure how many vitamins you should be eating for a healthy pregnancy diet? Follow our easy guide. 1 of Ad break Your healthy pregnancy dietYou probably know you should be eating healthy food to benefit you and your growing child, but exactly how many vitamins and minerals do you need to consume during pregnancy? Read on to find out. CALCIUMWhy? To help build your baby’s bones and teeth. How much? 800mg a day That equals… 1¼ pints of semi-skimmed milk IRONWhy? To help the blood cells carry oxygen around the body. Your blood volume increases during pregnancy, so you need to keep your iron intake up. How much? 14.8mg a day That equals… One bowl of branflakes and two handfuls of raisins. Other good sources include lean red meat, beans, dark green veg and dried fruits. Have a glass of orange juice too, because vitamin C helps your body absorb iron. FRUIT & VEGWhy? These contain essential vitamins and minerals, plus fibre to help prevent constipation. How much? 5 servings a day That equals… One banana, one orange, two broccoli spears, three sticks of celery and seven cherry tomatoes Continue slideshow > FOLIC ACIDWhy? Folic acid taken in the first trimester is known to lower the risk of your baby being born with neural tube defects such as spin a bifida. How much? 400mcg a day for the first 12 weeks That equals… It’s best to take a daily folic acid supplement. You should also eat folate-rich foods, such as green veg, granary bread and fortified cereals. By Babyexpert.com Last updated on 18 February 2009 Comments Daily deals from top retailers Latest on MadeForMums 14 internet and text slang terms every parent should know Mum breastfeeding between contractions - captured on camera This mum's adorable selfie with her toddler isn't what it seems Is it time to end the 'nightmare' of parents' evenings?