Some foods are fortified with vitamins and minerals that may help you meet your nutrient needs while you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Examples of vitamins and minerals in fortified foods are:
- Vitamin D - Fluid milk, including fat-free and low-fat milk, is typically fortified with vitamin D. Yogurt may also be fortified with vitamin D. Some calcium-fortified fruit juices and soymilk (soy beverage) also have vitamin D added. Check the label and choose products with vitamin D.
- Iodine - Some salt is fortified with iodine, an essential mineral. Choose salt that is labeled "iodized salt." But remember to keep the amount of salt and sodium you eat low.
- Folic acid - Enriched bread, flour, pasta, rice, and other grain products are fortified with folic acid. Many ready-to-eat cereals are also fortified with folic acid. Check the label and choose products with folic acid.
- Iron - Some ready-to-eat and cooked cereals are fortified with iron. When you are pregnant, choose these cereals to help meet your increased need for iron. Choose cereals that say "iron fortified."