Q: Should I eat fruits and vegetables during pregnancy?

A: Fruits and vegetables are full with essential nutrients and full of fiber, and they are an important part of any healthy diet. The vitamins and minerals in fruits help your fetus grow and give you the energy you need to get through a long day. Key vitamins in this food group include beta carotene, needed for your baby's cell and tissue development, vision, and immune system; vitamin C, crucial for your baby's bones and teeth, and the collagen in your baby's connective tissue; and folic acid, which helps prevent neural tube defects and promotes good birth weight.

The fiber content of fruits and vegetables also provides a number of benefits, including keeping your bowels moving, which can help prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.