Reviewed April 2014, next review April 2017
Having a healthy pregnancy
All of a sudden, it's not just your health you have to take care of, but your future baby's too. It can be hard to know what to do for the best.
Pregnancy health tips
- Take a daily 400 microgram (mcg) folic acid supplement.
- Aim to have five different colours of fruit and vegetables a day.
- Swap high fat and sugar snacks for healthy snacks.
- Eat carbohydrates, such as bread, rice and pasta at each meal.
- Eat foods rich in protein, such as lean meat and chicken, fish, eggs and pulses.
- Take daily supplements containing 10mcg of vitamin D.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Quit smoking.
- Talk to your midwife, family and friends about any concerns you have.
Even if you already eat healthily and are in good physical shape, you will need to make some changes to deal with the special strains that pregnancy will put upon your body.
You're probably being bombarded with conflicting information, too. Our pregnancy health pages will provide you with sound, evidence-based advice to help answer your questions, and help you stay healthy before and during pregnancy.
How long does it take to conceive?
What foods should I be avoiding?
What kind of exercise can I do with a bump?
Is one glass of wine going to hurt?
If my partner smokes, is my baby at risk?
Should I be lifting boxes at work?
What is a TENS machine?
What's going to happen when I give birth?
How will I know when I'm in labour?
Is my weight going to be a problem in pregnancy?
Our midwives are often asked all these questions and more. We've provided information, tips and advice to help you have a healthy pregnancy.
Use the menu on the right to explore Tommy's expert advice, and take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions pages for some of the most common concerns about pregnancy, conception and birth.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Antenatal care: routine care for the healthy pregnant woman, London NICE, 2008
In this section
Diet and nutrition
Managing your weight
Healthy working pregnancy
Labour and birth