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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    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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    Foods to avoid in pregnancy

    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.

What can I eat in pregnancy?

You can eat most things during pregnancy, but there are some things that you are advised to avoid because there is a small risk that you might harm the baby's development.Some cheeses, some fish and some meats, for example.

You can read about the things you should avoid here.

How much should I eat in pregnancy?

During most of your pregnancy you don't need to eat more than you ate before you were pregnant. If you are active you may need an extra 200 calories or so in the third trimester.

Read more about how much you should eat in pregnancy here

How much weight should I gain during my pregnancy?

As every woman is different there are no UK guidelines as to how much weight you should put on in pregnancy. The US has developed some guidelines on weight gain in pregnancy and you can read about these here.

Can I diet during pregnancy?

No, it is not advised to diet during pregnancy. This is because you may restrict certain nutrients to your baby if you diet. The recommended amount of calories for women is 2,000 a day and this is fine for the first two trimesters. In the third trimester you can eat an extra 200 calories if you are active. 

The most important thing is to keep weight gain to a safe and healthy level for you and your baby.

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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 June 27th, 2017. Next review date June 27th, 2020.