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A baby’s nourishment comes from what the mother eats during her pregnancy. Nutrients that expectant mothers should include in their diet for baby’s growth and development are calcium, iron, protein and folic acid. Folate or folic acid is found as Vitamin B in foods and plays a key role in preventing birth defects in the brain and spinal cord of the baby. Natural sources of folic acid are green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, fortified cereals (breakfast cereals enriched with vitamins and minerals), and beans. Calcium and vitamin D are two more minerals essential for building the baby’s teeth and bones. If calcium falls short, it is drawn from the mother's bones. Vitamin D is found in dairy products, whereas cheese, milk, yogurt and leafy greens are sources of calcium. Iron is another nutrient needed to meet the increasing demand for blood to supply oxygen to the baby. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, a condition characterized by the shortage of healthy red blood cells in the blood that can cause fatigue, pale skin and high risk to infections. Consume vitamin C at the same time when having iron-rich foods to increase iron absorption in the body. Natural sources of iron are fish, peas, dried beans and iron-fortified cereals. You can have orange juice or lemon for Vitamin C. Lastly, protein is important for the development of the baby’s organs like the brain and heart. Its natural sources include fish, eggs, nuts, peas and dried beans.