Healthy Diet During Pregnancy

Maintaining a healthy diet is always important, but this is especially true during pregnancy. This is because eating well will help your babies growth and development.

Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables because these provide vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre.

Starchy foods, such as bread, potatoes, breakfast cereals, rice, pasta,  and noodles are an important source of energy, vitamins and fibre.

Try and make sure you diet includes some protein every day. Good sources include: beans, fish, eggs, meat (avoid liver), poultry and nuts.

Dairy foods such as milk. cheese and yogurt are also important in pregnancy, because they contain calcium and other nutients that your baby needs.

There are also a number of foods which you should avoid. You can read more about those by clicking here.

As well as getting important vitamins and minerals from food,  you may also need to take supplements to ensure baby is getting everything he or she needs. You can read more about supplements by clicking here.

You may find that you are hungrier than normal, although this does not mean that you need to ‘eat for two.’ Energy needs do not change in the first six months of pregnancy. Only in the last three months do a woman’s energy needs increase by around 200 calories per day.

In line with the ‘Surrey Healthy Living’ policy and ‘NICE’ guidelines, the maternity team is here to help and advise in a sensitive and practical way on such questions as how to avoid excessive weight gain and combat obesity, in pregnancy and beyond, for your wellbeing and that of your baby.

Obesity increases risk to you and your baby during pregnancy, at birth and after the baby is born.

More information can be found:

Healthy Eating Drop In Sessions are held at the Royal Surrey County Hospital for Mums to Be who have an increased BMI (Body Mass Index).

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