How might my actions affect my baby during week 20 of pregnancy?

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Halfway through your pregnancy, it may become difficult to keep up all the healthy habits that are recommended for an expecting mother. Remind yourself that avoiding alcohol and smoking, eating nutritiously, and avoiding harmful food is important to your baby's health and future. Keep up your healthy routine, and consider upping your iron intake. As you and your baby grow, your body will be producing more blood, meaning that you need extra iron in order to keep that blood rich in hemoglobin. Not consuming enough iron may result in anemia for you or your baby and may cause you to deliver too early. To ensure you're getting enough iron, eat plenty of beans, spinach, dried fruit like raisins, and red meat that is as lean and low in fat as possible.

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