Healthy eating when you are pregnant
Being pregnant is a very special time in your life, and you may be concerned about your diet. It is important that you eat a healthy varied diet when you are pregnant, because what you eat does not only influence your own health, it can also affect the short and long term health of your baby.
The basic principles of a healthy diet stay the same. You should still eat a diet that is based on starchy foods, and includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, moderate amounts of meat, fish and other protein sources, and moderate amounts of dairy products, such as milk, yogurt and cheese. You should only eat limited amounts of foods and drinks that are high in fat and sugar. You can find more information on a healthy varied diet here.
Beside all the nutrients you get from a healthy varied diet, there are some vitamins and minerals that are very important for the development of your baby and of which you have increased requirements. To find out more, scroll to the next page.
As well as having a healthy diet it is also important to be aware of food safety and hygiene. There are certain foods and drinks that you should avoid or reduce consumption on when pregnant. For more information click here.
You may also want to have a look at our special section on diet and health in pregnancy Nutrition for Baby.
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