A healthy balanced diet in pregnancy is essential to provide sufficient energy and nutrients to meet the mother’s usual requirements for optimal health, to support the growing foetus and to develop stores for use during lactation.
Toddler Menu Planner
Use our Toddler Meal planning tool to ensure your 1-4 years old receives a balanced diet every day.
In everyday life it can be difficult for women to focus on a healthy diet and lifestyle. Following these ten simple steps can help women to achieve optimum health for themselves and their baby during pregnancy and beyond.
You should aim to include a balance of all five food groups in your diet along with supplements of folic acid and vitamin D throughout pregnancy. Each food group plays an important role in your nutritional intake and is key for meeting the nutritional needs for both you and your baby.
Caffeine is found in a lot of foods such as coffee, tea, energy drinks and chocolate. During pregnancy caffeine should be limited on a daily basis, as over consumption can be harmful to your baby’s health.
Planning the perfect meal to ensure your daily intake includes foods from all five food groups can sometimes be a challenge. To help make your daily pregnancy routine seamless we have created various menus for different lifestyles.
Excess or inadequate weight gain during pregnancy can be linked with poor health outcomes for both mum and baby. To avoid this, we have some practical guidance on how much weight gain is appropriate for mums-to-be.
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