Pregnant women are more susceptible to sickness and infection.

So in the body’s effort to protect the baby, pregnant women have to deal with a weakened immune system.  Fortunately, you can help give your immune system a boost (without harming the little one growing inside you) with few healthy foods, exercise, and supplements.

Here are some of the best immune-boosting foods for expectant mothers:

Protein: You can never get enough protein when you’re pregnant. Your body needs it not only for energy and strength, but also for your baby’s brain development. We’re not only talking meats and eggs, but also nuts and leafy greens. Almonds, in particular, have been shown to prevent and fight off viruses by nourishing the immune system.

Fresh garlic and citrus: It may seem odd to put these two together, but they actually share a connection. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and citrus fruits are known for their cleansing abilities, which mainly come from the phytochemicals present in them that can fight off sickness and disease.

Fruits and veggies: These are your go-to for all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs during pregnancy to keep your immune system strong. Pack any and all types of fruits and veggies into your meals whenever you can. The more colourful the better!

Some great supplements to help your immune system during pregnancy are zinc and vitamin D. And beyond food and supplements, one of the best ways you can strengthen your immune system is a good night’s rest, regular exercise, and reducing stress. Your mindset plays a huge role in your health and the health of your baby.