The range of foods with “added this” and “extra that” is increasing all the time.  It can be a minefield to sort out the useful new foods from the gimmicks at times. So which ones are worthwhile and do you need them now you are pregnant?

A fortified food is one which contains a boost of an important vitamin or mineral

A fortified food is one which contains a boost of an important vitamin or mineral which may or may not be already present in that food – for example, calcium fortified milk.  These foods can be a great way to ensure you are getting an extra dose of nutrients if you feel your diet may be lacking a little but they are not a substitute for choosing well and eating a range of different fresh foods every day.

Remember, in the early days of pregnancy you are still taking your folic acid supplement – it is important to continue doing this even if you are eating folic acid fortified foods, they can help to top up your levels but will not substitute for the daily supplement.

Fortified foods which may be useful for you include:

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  • Fortified Milk (extra calcium and Vitamin D)
  • Calcium Fortified Orange Juice (for the non-milk drinker)
  • Omega-3 eggs (if you do not eat oily fish you can get the omega-3 oils this way)
  • Fortified breakfast cereals (a range of vitamins – choose high fibre ones always)
  • Fortified breads (may contain calcium and folic acid)

For more information about your diet please contact our Careline and speak to one of our Nutritionists.