Vitamin A aids in both cell development and brain growth, but this vitamin does have a drawback. There have been links between excessive amounts of vitamin A and an increased risk of birth defects, especially neural tube defects. (Be careful not to eat too many protein, breakfast, or meal-replacement bars, each of which may have 100% of your daily value of vitamin A. Get into the habit of checking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nutrition labels on everything you eat.)
Aim for this amount: Consume no more than 15,000 international units (IU) a day while pregnant or just before becoming pregnant.
- Q What should my basic nutrition goals be when I'm pregnant?
- Q Is calcium safe for pregnant women or nursing mothers?
- Q Is DHA important for a nursing mother?
- Q What foods are harmful to eat while I am pregnant?
- Q Is eating fatty foods while I'm pregnant bad for my baby?
- Q Why do women need folate?