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.

Breakfast is important so do it like a king. Take the time to chop some fruit for these easy ideas for a healthy breakfast.

Having a good breakfast gives you the energy you need to start your day and can be a quick and easy way to take in some valuable nutrients. This is even more important when you're pregnant.

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Porridge with fruit

You could sprinkle sliced fresh fruit or berries onto the porridge, add a handful of dried fruits or have a piece of fruit on the side.

Porridge with fruit

Wholemeal toast or bagel

Have it with jam or Marmite, and add a glass of milk.


Shredded wheat

Make sure it's sugar-free and have it with milk and a banana or other fruit of your choice.

Shredded Wheat

Scrambled egg

You can now have lightly cooked eggs so long as they are Red Lion standard. Try scrambled egg with grilled tomatoes and wholemeal bagel.

Scrambled Egg


You can try any fresh or tinned-in-juice fruit and plain yoghurt with wholemeal toast on the side.

Fruit with yoghurt








A note on eggs:  In 2016 the ACMSF found that the presence of salmonella in UK hen shell eggs has been reduced greatly – therefore it is recommending that the UK guidance is changed so that lightly cooked hen eggs are now safe to eat provided that they are produced under the Lion code quality assurance scheme. 

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1. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2008) ‘Antenatal Care’, NICE Clinical Guidelines 62: http://publications.nice.org.uk/antenatal-care-cg62

2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2010) ‘Weight Management Before, During and After Pregnancy’, NICE Public Health Guidelines 27: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph27

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    Please note that these comments are monitored but not answered by Tommy’s. Please call your GP or maternity unit if you have concerns about your health or your baby’s health.
    • By Londiwe (not verified) on 10 Jun 2020 - 12:31

      Hi I'm 4 months pregnant when do I feel the baby moving in me

    • By April (not verified) on 24 May 2020 - 08:52

      Hi, I was due on the 21st and now it’s the 24TH and I am never late. I do feel pregnant and started to feel all of this yesterday, Very Nausea, headache, very tired, weeing a lot, tearful, and not enjoying food, smells are stronger too.
      So I didn’t want to take a test yet and I feel nervous and excited but would raver wait a bit longer. I am now 43 and this really is my last chance to fit one more in and I just want to enjoy every second.
      I may take a sample to the doctors Tuesday.

    • By Meybeline (not verified) on 5 Mar 2020 - 12:59

      Hi I’m 8 weeks pregnant and im having a lot of discomfort releasing gasses.. and it’s becoming really uncomfortable it feels like I have a bone stuck in the middle of my stomach. Please help what should I do

    • By Nika (not verified) on 26 Feb 2020 - 16:51

      Hello, I'm 8 week pregnant, and overweight. I easily gain weight eating for example rice or fruit. Can I reduce the amount of carbs and eat more protein not to gain weight? Or is it unhealthy to do? What's healthy eating for overweight pregnant women?

    • By Shaun (not verified) on 5 Jan 2020 - 12:49

      Hi in 12 weeks pregnant and I still haven't found the right things to eat that will stay down, I be so hungry at times can you please help with a little advice. Thanks so much!

    • By Nat (not verified) on 8 Jul 2020 - 14:13

      Whole grain crackers
      Ginger nut biscuits (not too many!)
      brown rice or quinoa

    • By Charity (not verified) on 29 Dec 2019 - 19:58

      Hey am nearly 4 months pregnant everything I try to eat I vomit what must I do

    • By Christiana (not verified) on 14 Jan 2020 - 16:15

      We all have different legs in pregnancy vomiting is a normal something but not to everybody so don't be scared because during my time I vomited till the nineth Month.

    • By Sophie (not verified) on 27 Dec 2019 - 16:11

      Hi thnx alot am 3 months pregnant but i ve a little pain in mai stomach some times and i still find it difficult to eat i still ve no appetite for food wht should i do.

    • By Edesa (not verified) on 4 Aug 2019 - 00:06

      Hi good am ...I'm 22weeks pregnant now..but I just know yesterday.... please give me some advice about my situation.. because I already have a surgery for gallbladder stone last June 20,2019 ..what should I do..I'm worried of well to my baby...because the make x Ray ..and anestisya for my surgery and antibiotics.. please give me some advice

    • By suzzy (not verified) on 7 Jul 2019 - 19:23

      I'm suzzy please I'm ten months pregnant but if I take aNY time I take food then I vomit but feel hungry early please what shold I do

    • By Mackela Jakobs (not verified) on 30 Jun 2019 - 08:34

      Hi am Mackela Jakobs it's my pleasure texting you am 4wks pregnant and my problem is that anytime I eat spicy foods I vomit and also I feel severe pains from my rips and also heartburn

    • By Mrs K. (not verified) on 12 Jun 2019 - 17:21

      Hi, hope you are doing well
      I’m in my first trimester and wanted to ask that how many calories should i take plus if we have cravings for pizzas burgers and stuff so how many times we can eat these kind of stuff? One thing more is coconut water and grapefruit can be taken?

    • By SUSAN (not verified) on 23 Feb 2019 - 12:30

      i am 9 weeks pregnant but when ever i put something in my mouth i vomit and am very weak what should i do

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 25 Feb 2019 - 16:28

      Hi Susan, You should go and see your GP who will either give you some medication or will refer you to the hospital if you are very dehydrated.

    • By Florence BARASU (not verified) on 14 Jun 2019 - 11:04

      I'm in my 8 week pregnancy but any time i put in any thing food then i vomit it. what shall i do

    • By Ruth (not verified) on 23 Jan 2019 - 20:07

      I want to ask if I can eat cabbage, cucumber, tomatoes as my salad for lunch.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Jan 2019 - 12:06

      Hi Ruth - Thank you for your message.
      Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables are great in pregnancy. Whether fresh, frozen, tinned or dried, fruit and vegetables have lots of healthy vitamins and minerals. They are also a good source of fibre, which helps prevent constipation.

    • By R.Hamad (not verified) on 22 Jan 2019 - 05:37

      Hi, i m 4th week pregnant. This is my third time . In first two times delivery was normal but after that in both cases my placenta did came out completly . Doctir immidiatly gave me oxygen and i went to unconciousness. They removed piece of placenta. I m afraid . Plz give me some tips what ahould i do to avoid this types of complication.

      Many many thanky in advanxed.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2019 - 10:49

      Hi R.Hamad. There is nothing that you can do yourself to prevent this I am afraid. Your obstetric doctor can talk to you in this pregnancy about your risks of this happening again and how they can make a plan of care before you go into labour, delivery your baby and then how to get your placenta out safely. They will need to look at your medical and pregnancy history to make a plan that you are happy with. Take care, Tommy's Midwife

    • By Eeshal (not verified) on 19 Nov 2018 - 09:13

      I'm 4 weeks pregnant. I consume pomegranates and oranges in morning n day time. Egg with oatmeal in morning. Salad in day time cucumber carrot tomato. Is it okay or Im having much sugar. Should I do a calorie count as well... Plz guide

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Nov 2018 - 11:49

      No, these natural sugars all all good as part of a balanced healthy diet. Unless you are very overweight, you shouldn't need to count calories in your pregnancy. Take good care of yourself x

    • By shahzkips (not verified) on 3 Jul 2018 - 18:08

      Hi, am about 5 weeks pregnant , whenever i take food my stomach pains especially a mango but it is my favourite at this state...also when i laid on my left it pains more. Pliz help

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Jul 2018 - 16:10

      Hi Shahzkips
      Abdominal pain, at any gestation, should be reviewed by your GP and then in an early pregnancy unit if the GP has referred you.
      Please get seen by a doctor as soon as possible please to put your mind at ease.
      All the best
      Sophie,Tommy's Midwife :)

    • By K.saumya (not verified) on 23 Nov 2018 - 06:23

      It's common to have a little pain in ur stomach in early pregnancy, but it should not be more.
      See that u should completely avoid heavy liftings and hard diets.

    • By Phindile (not verified) on 5 Apr 2018 - 14:55

      I am 12 weeks pregnant nausea is killing me

    • By Angel (not verified) on 18 Apr 2018 - 09:03

      Heya congrats I am 8 weeks and I have horrible nausea and morning sickness.i found out vitamin c candy like a toffee that I rem when my mouth is watery that's really works.brand name is woogie fine drops lemon flavour you can get this if you are around uk.its cheap and you can get any store let me know how it works or you .

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Apr 2018 - 15:41

      Hi Thank you for your comment, it is great when women share what works for them as pregnancy sickness can be really hard to manage at times. Hope all goes well with your pregnancy, take care, Tommy's Midwives x

    • By Habiba muhd (not verified) on 14 Mar 2018 - 08:19

      Hi am 6 weeks pregnant I use to have pain all over my stomach and I have two miscarriages passed what is the cost of the pain pls help

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Mar 2018 - 16:09

      Hi, I am so sorry to hear that you have experienced two miscarriages. If you are having a lot of pain then I would advise for you to see your GP for review, hopefully it is just from the pregnancy implanting however it is better to be reviewed to make sure nothing else is going on. Best wishes, Tommy's midwives.

    • By Tiffany black (not verified) on 20 Jan 2018 - 22:25

      Hello im nealry 6 weeks pregnant and would like to know what foods to start eating each day while pregnant please

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Jan 2018 - 14:17

      Hi, We don't advise any particular foods to eat, rather focus on food groups to include in your diet and foods to avoid in pregnancy. Your diet will vary according to your preferences and what you are used to. Try out some of the recipes on this page and see if you like them.

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