10 super snacks to help your baby grow

During pregnancy eating small more frequent meals can help with sickness. If you want a snack, there are lots of healthier options.

A couple of oatcakes, a banana, some berries or a small bag of unsalted nuts will be better for you and will fill you up for longer than sweets, chocolate, biscuits or crisps. Try some of these interesting ideas.

Malt loaf with a satsuma

Malt Loaf and Satsumas

Boiled egg and wholemeal toast

Egg and toast

Wholemeal toast with honey and apple slices, with milk


Popcorn with apple slices, with milk


Pitta bread, houmous, pepper and cucumber sticks, and soya milk


Oatcakes, celery sticks and houmous, with milk


Custard with apricots


Frozen yoghurt with grapes


Soft cheese and banana platter


Pear and almonds

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  1. Many thanks to Dr Helen Crawley from The First Steps Nutrition Trust for these recipes.
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Last reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.

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  • By Lucy (not verified) on 18 Oct 2018 - 21:36

    Is all honey OK to have during pregnancy? Some websites say you should avoid it...

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Oct 2018 - 16:20

    Hi Lucy, Honey is safe to eat in pregnancy but you should avoid giving it to babies under 1 year old. To date we have not advice to avoid it in pregnancy.

  • By Esther Michael (not verified) on 22 Jun 2018 - 20:23

    I am 17weeksplus n yet I get no [email protected] every food intake I nauseate

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 25 Jun 2018 - 14:14

    So sorry Esther, I know it is really difficult if you are nauseous for so long. Hopefully this will resolve soon. Until it does, I hope that you find some ideas from this page.

  • By Brittany (not verified) on 16 Jan 2018 - 11:26

    So pumped to be having my baby boy! Love learning about these healthy pregnancy snacks. Can't wait to try them all!!!

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 6 Nov 2017 - 15:59

    You have mentioned here for '10 super snacks' to have 'Soft cheese and banana platter' but I was under the impression that you could not have soft cheese as it is unpasteurised? If there are any cheeses, please can you confirm which would be safe to eat?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Nov 2017 - 16:21

    Hi, Yes there is a misconception that all soft cheese is unpasteurised but in fact most of it is pasteurised. Just check the labels before you buy.
    Cheeses you can eat in pregnancy are :
    Cottage cheese,
    Cream cheese including Mascepone,
    Processed cheese spreads.
    Hope you enjoy your new found cheese freedom!

  • By Chloe (not verified) on 27 Jun 2018 - 13:14

    I am craving dairy lea, can i eat it or will it harm baby?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 28 Jun 2018 - 12:17

    Dairy Lea is safe to eat in pregnancy as it is made with pasteurized milk. Just be aware that as with many cheeses it has a high salt content.

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