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Test your knowledge about healthy eating before and during pregnancy with facts from Sharecare expert Frances Largeman-Roth, RD.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What kind of diet can decrease your unborn child's risk of having asthma?

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The correct answer is: One Spanish study found that children of mothers who ate a Mediterranean style diet while pregnant -- low in animal protein and saturated fat and rich in fruits, vegetables, monounsaturated fats, seafood, legumes and whole grains -- were less likely to develop asthma or allergies.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What's the number one change you should make to your diet before and during pregnancy?

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The correct answer is: According to Largeman-Roth, the number-one change is to get more folic acid (600-800 mcg). Folic acid is crucial for the proper development of the baby's neural tube, formed during the first month of pregnancy. Getting enough folic acid before you get pregnant helps prevent serious birth defects like spina bifida. Foods rich in folate (the natural form of folic acid) include spinach, oranges, peas, beans and fortified cereals.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What is another nutrient that you need more of during pregnancy?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. You also need omega-3 fatty acids (200 mg), fiber (28-30 g), calcium (1,000 mg), vitamins B, D (200-400 IU), C and Zinc.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

At what point should you change your diet if you're trying to get pregnant?

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The correct answer is: Frances Largeman-Roth recommends changing your diet at least three months before trying to conceive to boost your chances of getting pregnant.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

If you get most of your iron from vegetables, what should you also do to make sure your body is absorbing it?

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The correct answer is: Drink a glass of OJ. Vitamin C-rich foods help your body absorb iron. Don't like orange juice? You can put strawberries on your spinach salad to get the same effect.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of the following will reduce the amount of iron your body absorbs?

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The correct answer is: Sorry, Starbucks addicts. Both coffee and tea will reduce the amount of iron you absorb.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Studies show that eating full-fat dairy products increases a woman's risk of infertility.

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The correct answer is: This is false. In fact, a Harvard study found that women who ate two or more servings of low-fat dairy products per week had a higher risk of infertility caused by problems with ovulation, while women who ate full-fat dairy with the same frequency had a lower incidence. So go ahead: give in to that ice cream craving!

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What can you eat to up your chances of having a boy?

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The correct answer is: Want a boy? Eat your cereal with a banana on top. A study from Britain’s Oxford and Exeter Universities showed that women who had a high potassium intake and a higher calorie intake were more likely to have boys compared to women with reduced calorie diets and lower potassium intake. There seems to be a cereal link, too -- 59 percent of women who ate cereal every day had boys, compared to 43 percent of women who ate less than one bowl a week. However, the chances only increased by 5 percent.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of the following should you avoid when you're pregnant?

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The correct answer is: Avoid all of the above, Largeman-Roth advises. Also stay away from alcohol, processed meats, raw foods and fish that are high in mercury.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

The Institute of Medicine recommends drinking how many cups of water a day when you're pregnant?

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The correct answer is: The Institute of Medicine recommends drinking 12.6 cups of water a day if you're pregnant and 16 cups a day if you're breast feeding. Dehydration can make nausea worse and can cause contractions in your second and third trimester.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How many extra calories should you consume during your first trimester?

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The correct answer is: During the first trimester you don't need to consume any extra calories. However, when you get to the second trimester it's recommended to eat 300 extra calories.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: According to the March of Dimes, it's safe to drink a glass of wine while your pregnant.

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The correct answer is: This is false. According to the March of Dimes there is no amount of alcohol in pregnancy that is proven to be safe. Because alcohol passes directly from the mother to the fetus through the placenta, there’s no way to protect your baby from absorbing the booze.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's not safe to eat food that's cooked in alcohol while you're pregnant.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A baked good that has been cooked for an hour still contains 25 percent of its original alcohol levels. Foods that are marinated in a mixture containing alcohol and then grilled will retain quite a bit of residual alcohol. A dish like pasta with vodka sauce contains about 40 percent of its original alcohol level.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of the following foods can help alleviate morning sickness?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can help alleviate morning sickness. You can also eat graham crackers, dry cereal, pretzels, corn bread, tapioca or lemons.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What's the upside of morning sickness?

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The correct answer is: Morning sickness is a clear sign that the embryo is implanted in the uterus. If there’s no implantation you won't experience nausea or vomiting. Plus, one study showed that women who experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy are 30 percent less likely to develop breast cancer.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What can you eat to reduce your risk of preeclampsia?

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The correct answer is: A study done at Yale found that women who ate chocolate while pregnant had a reduced risk for preeclampsia. It's possible that theobromine in chocolate improves blood flow to the baby, or other nutrients in chocolate like flavonols and magnesium may be beneficial somehow. White chocolate doesn't appear to help, however.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Why is it unsafe to eat unpasteurized cheese when you're pregnant?

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The correct answer is: Listeria, a type of bacteria that can be found in unpasteurized cheese, can lead to miscarriages.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

At what temperature does a soufflé or casserole made with unpasteurized cheese need to be cooked to be safe to eat during pregnancy?

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The correct answer is: The FDA recommends soufflés and casseroles made with unpasteurized cheese be cooked at 165 degrees or above.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's important to eat organic fruits and vegetables when you're pregnant.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Some researchers think that pesticides and fertilizers interfere with endocrine system development of a fetus and increase the risk of premature birth. Eat organic produce, and you'll avoid those pesticides and nitrate residues.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

If you have pica during pregnancy, what do you crave?

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The correct answer is: Pica is a condition where pregnant women crave non-food items such as dirt, paint chips, soap, clay, laundry starch or ashes. Some experts say pica may be a sign of severe nutrition deficiencies in iron and calcium.

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