True about iron and calcium...vitamin C (or citrus fruit for that matter) should help with iron absorption. Downing a prenatal vitamin or iron pill with milk is theoretically not optimal. In addition, both iron and calcium supplements tend to be constipating (and pregnancy itself is prone to constipation due to hormonal changes) Avoiding calcium in general though, would not be recommended. The pregnancy RDA for folic acid is actually a little higher than the normal RDA of 400mcg. Most standard multivitamins have 100% of the normal RDA, and is the amount that is recommended for women of reproductive age, pre-conception. Once pregnant, the RDA goes up to 600mcg. The new formulation of Centrum tablets does have 500mcg, so you could probably meet the goal via dietary sources. For some women (such as those who have had prior pregnancies affected by neural tube defects, the recommended folic acid daily dose is actually 4mg...10x as much as the average population) RDA table based on sex/age/pregnancy Can't help you with the "raise a child to enjoy food...". From the prior posts, it sounds like the pregnancy diet outcomes are highly variable...so, eat what you enjoy (within safety limits), and hope for the best. I don't quite understand the comment about "most resources out there are not set up for individuals who enjoy cooking/eating". In what way do you feel that pregnancy has cramped your cooking style? Sure, the health recommendations do affect some of the food choices, but it's not like they're recommending women go on some sort of extreme diet of exclusion...(unless it's in context of food allergies?...though that seems more associated with time during breastfeeding) From a recently published paper in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Vol 119, Issue 5, May 2007, pages 1197-1202) "Avoidance diets in pregnancy are no longer advocated as a means of primary prophylaxis of allergic disease. The European Academy of Allergology, Asthma and Clinical Immunology has recently concluded that allergen avoidance diets while breast-feeding are now recommended only if a breastfed child is showing symptoms of food-related diseases such as eczema." Restricting the diet of kids apparently tends to backfire on the parents, because it then becomes the highly desired food item (that may lead to overconsumption of that item) I could only find one paper that addresses diet in pregnancy with later food acceptance, in the journal Pediatrics, 2001 June;107(6);E88 The authors' conclusion was that prenatal/early postnatal exposure to a flavor does enhance the baby's enjoyment of that flavor (during weaning). They had randomized pregnant women into 3 groups: they drank either water/carrot juice 4 times/week for 3weeks at the end of pregnancy and then for the 1st 2 months of breastfeeding. Group1: carrot juice in pregnancy/water during breastfeeding, Group2:water in pregnancy/carrot juice during breastfeeding, Group3: water in pregnancy/breastfeeding. Carrot flavored cereal was offered to the babies during weaning, and apparently those babies exposed to carrot during pregnancy or breastfeeding were perceived by their moms as enjoying the carrot flavored cereal more than plain cereal. Which again goes back to "eat what you enjoy", and hopefully your child will enjoy that too! Don't vilify the stuff you abhor, but provide tasty alternatives.