Nutrition in pregnancy

Now that you’re pregnant, it’s important to eat well. Good nutrition will keep you healthy and help your baby grow and develop.

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    Foods to avoid

    Now you're pregnant, there are some foods and drinks that are best avoided or limited because of small risks to the safety of your baby.

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    A balanced diet in pregnancy

    Eating well means eating a range of different kinds of food from the main food groups every day.

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    How much extra should I eat in pregnancy?

    The big myth around eating in pregnancy is that you now need to 'eat for two'.

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    5 easy breakfast ideas in pregnancy

    There are plenty of delicious foods to choose from during pregnancy that are good for you and your baby.

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    7 easy pregnancy lunch ideas

    These meals are good for lunchtime, as they’re quick to make. Sandwiches and soups are great for taking to work, too.

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    6 delicious dinner recipes

    These healthy pregnancy recipes are great for your main meal of the day, when you have a little more time to prepare, cook and eat food.

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    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.

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    How much should you eat in pregnancy? During most of your pregnancy you do not need to take in extra calories (over the recommended 2,000 a day for women). In the third trimester you should eat an extra 200 extra calories a day.

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    Breakfast with benefits

    If you’re struggling with morning sickness, or finding it hard to get up in the morning, breakfast is probably way down your list of priorities in pregnancy. We look at why it’s worth getting up for.

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    Eating out and takeaway tips

    When it comes to eating out or getting takeaway, remember that foods low in fat and sugar are best for you and your baby.

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    Food swaps for a healthy pregnancy

    In pregnancy it's important to eat well. If you are used to eating foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat, you can make a few changes that will be good for you and your baby.

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    Having a healthy diet in pregnancy

    Now that you’re pregnant, it’s important to eat well. Good nutrition will keep you healthy and help your baby grow and develop.

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    More support for you: Nutrition

    The following organisations can give you more information about the topics covered in our Nutrition section.

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    What is a portion?

    Choosing healthy foods is very important but the amount you eat is important too.

  • Woman shopping for fruit and vegetables.

    A balanced diet in pregnancy

    Eating well means eating a range of different kinds of food from the main food groups every day.

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    Tips for food safety

    Food hygiene is important for everyone but it’s particularly good to be careful how you prepare, handle and store food now you're pregnant.

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    Supplements in pregnancy

    There are two vitamins that are very important in pregnancy and that you can take as a supplement: folic acid and vitamin D. If you are anaemic it may be important to take an iron supplement too.

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    Vegetarian and special diets in pregnancy

    If you have a varied and balanced vegetarian diet that includes all the food groups, you should have all the nutrients you and your baby need during your pregnancy.

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    Foods to avoid

    Now you're pregnant, there are some foods and drinks that are best avoided or limited because of small risks to the safety of your baby.

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    Food labels

    Carefully reading the labels on food packets can help you pick the healthier option between similar products. They can also help you to think about the ingredients in different foods. But sometimes things are not quite as they seem.

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    How much water should I drink?

    It's always important to have plenty of fluids during pregnancy. Not having enough to drink can affect you and your baby.

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    Caffeine calculator

    Drinking a lot of caffeine in pregnancy has been linked to miscarriage and low birth weight so the current advice is to limit your caffeine intake to no more than 200mg a day during your pregnancy.

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    Questions about diet in pregnancy

    Common questions about diet in pregnancy answered.

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  • Bowl of bran flakes

    Breakfast with benefits

    If you’re struggling with morning sickness, or finding it hard to get up in the morning, breakfast is probably way down your list of priorities in pregnancy. We look at why it’s worth getting up for.

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    Smoking and pregnancy

    Smoking in pregnancy is harmful to your baby. Quitting is one of the best things you can do to protect your baby’s health through pregnancy and beyond.

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    Drinking alcohol in pregnancy

    You don't have to stop having fun now you're pregnant - but there are a few things you'll have to give up. Alcohol is one of these things, because it can damage your growing baby.

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    Mental wellbeing

    Although it’s normal to have periods of worry and stress when you’re pregnant, some women have feelings that don’t go away and this can be a sign of something more serious.

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    Exercise and activity in pregnancy

    People may tell you that pregnancy is a good time to put your feet up. If your pregnancy is uncomplicated it is actually much healthier for you and your baby to exercise while pregnant.

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    Weight management in pregnancy

    Although you will be putting on weight in pregnancy as your baby grows, limiting the amount of extra weight gain in pregnancy will improve your health and your baby's, both now and in the future.

Last reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.