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10 First-month Pregnancy Symptoms

        Health | Conception

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Food Aversions or Cravings
Sure, a healthy diet is the way to go during pregnancy -- but, oh, those cravings.
Sure, a healthy diet is the way to go during pregnancy -- but, oh, those cravings.
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Always been a salad eater, but suddenly that pile of leafy greens is as unappetizing as chopped liver? Many women describe strong reactions -- good and bad -- to food during early pregnancy. The cause may be rising levels of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), the same hormone measured by pregnancy tests, and an increased sense of smell, but no one knows for sure [source: Ward].

The solution: Listen to your gut so long as you're maintaining a healthy diet. This means focusing on food that is high in fiber, folic acid, calcium, iron, vitamins C and A, and also taking a daily prenatal vitamin supplement. After all, it's never too early to teach your child healthy eating habits.


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