Low levels of zinc have been shown to be related to increased birth defects, low birth weight, miscarriage and even behavior problems down the road.

Aim for this amount: 10 mg twice a day.

Other nutrients moms-to-be need
  • B1 (also called thiamin)—25 mg
  • B2 (also called riboflavin)—25 mg
  • B3 (also called niacin)—At least 30 mg
  • B5 (also called pantothenic acid)—At least 30 mg
  • B12—400 mcg twice a day
  • Biotin —300 mcg
  • C—400 mg twice a day (remember, it's water soluble, so you need two doses over the day)
  • D—600 IU twice a day
  • E—200 IU twice a day (or, preferably, 400 IU of mixed tocopherols)
  • Magnesium—200 mg three times a day; twice a day prior to pregnancy
  • Selenium—100 mcg twice a day
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