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Nutrition for Baby

Welcome to Nutrition for Baby!

This section of our website is for consumers who want to know all about nutrition and health before, during and after pregnancy. Have a look around the different sections to find information to help you and your baby stay healthy at every stage.

Each of the sections below (except for 'what not to eat when pregnant') contain some advice on nutrition, a recipe idea and some tips on keeping physically active. In most cases we have provided an estimated nutritional breakdown of the recipe so you can see which important nutrients it provides - both for you and for your little one.

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Answer to the homepage poll on pregnancy

BNF ran a poll on its homepage in early 2012 entitled Which supplements are all women recommended to take during pregnancy? Just over 2000 votes were...

What not to eat when pregnant

To reduce the risk of getting a foodborne illness during pregnancy that may harm your baby or lead to miscarriage, there are certain things that you...

Food safety in pregnancy

It is always important to be careful about how you prepare food in the home to avoid the nasty bugs that can cause food poisoning. When you are...

Physical activity in pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a time of conflicting messages about what you should and shouldn't be doing for the health of your unborn baby and this includes the...

Recipes

We've put lots of recipe ideas in the different sections of Nutrition for Baby and most have a nutritional breakdown so you can see how it is...

Advice for Men

Men should consider changes to their diet and lifestyle when trying for a baby too.  Diet can affect male fertility - eating a healthy varied diet...

Preconception

The decision to try for a baby is a really exciting time.  To increase your chances of conceiving there are a few diet and lifestyle choices that...

0-8 weeks

Your baby has started to develop its heart and brain as well as bumps to form its arms and legs. By week 7 your baby will be about 10mm...

9-12 weeks

Your baby is now about 2cm long and its face is now forming with features visible at your 12 week scan. At 12 weeks all your baby's organs and limbs...

13-16 weeks

Your baby is now about 8.5cm long and its heartbeat can now be heard on an ultrasound. This is a time of rapid growth so it's really important to get...

17-20 weeks

You are almost halfway through your pregnancy at this stage - your baby is growing quickly, developing eyelashes and fingerprints, and you may start...

21-24 weeks

At 21-24 weeks of pregnancy the uterus begins to get bigger as your baby is growing. A fine soft hair known as lanugo covers the baby's skin at this...

25-28 weeks

Congratulations - you're now coming into the last trimester of your pregnancy.  Your baby will be moving about lots and no doubt you've felt a few...

29-32 weeks

At 30 weeks your baby should be about 33cm long. Your baby is in the final stages of its development before birth so the skin now becomes smoother...

33-36 weeks

At this stage your baby probably weighs more than 2kg and is over 40cm from head to toe. The brain and nervous system are now fully developed and...

37-40 weeks

You are now in the final weeks before the birth and your baby is fully formed. It is at this stage that your baby may begin to move so that their...

Feeding your baby (0-6months)

Congratulations on your newborn baby! While it's an exciting time it will be busy, so get ready to put your organisational skills to good use! Meal...

Weaning your baby (from around 6 months)

First foodsThe next stageKeeping active At around 6 months of age your little one will be showing signs that s/he is ready to try solid foods.  Look...

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