Mother and Baby

Healthy eating during your pregnancy

Managing your cravings and making sure baby is nourished can be a real balancing act. Get it right with our handy three-minute video...

Nutritionist Helena Gibson-Moore (also eight months pregnant!) says: The most important thing is to eat a healthy balanced diet, and this will ensure that you receive all of the nutrients you need for a healthy baby. And to keep hydrated and it’s important to eat as much fibre as you can and not to eat for two.

Mum 1 says: "I started eating healthily to try and get my energy back and I ate all the good foods – fruits, veg, lots of yoghurts, cereals and bananas. Bananas really helped me I found, they gave me a lot of energy and were easy to eat."

Helena says: A third of your diet should be made up of fruit and vegetables, varieties’ important there, and a third of your diet should be made up of starchy carbohydrates and that’s bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and it’s important to include a moderate amount of protein – the lean versions are the best so meat, poultry, eggs, pulses.

Mum 2 says: "I found pregnancy alright – I was just having three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and getting myself into a routine. So where I would usually snack on chocolates on sweets a stuff, I started to snack on fruits and pumpkin seeds sometimes and having the plain natural yoghurt mixed with fruits – that was one of my favourites."

Dr Philippa Kaye, GP and author says: In the first trimester, so that’s the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Lots of women will have morning sickness and won’t be able to tolerate eating lots of different things. And actually that’s probably OK because the baby is going to take everything it needs from the stores you built up when you were eating well. And the nausea will pass and you’ll be able to eat better again.

Mum 1 says: "I was quite sick from week five to seven when I was pregnant with Jessica. I literally couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t come to the kitchen, I couldn’t open the fridge, I couldn’t make food and if I felt like I could eat I would take the opportunity to eat. And they do say little and often. I mean I didn’t eat big meals, I definitely couldn’t eat big meals, but cereals and banana were good for me. But as quickly as it came, it went and it was great after that, I had a great pregnancy really."

Aptimil Midwife Frances says: How you should eat when you’re pregnant is really not too much different from how you eat normally, if you’re eating a normal healthy diet. There are specific foods that you should always avoid in pregnancy and your midwife will provide you with a list of these foods that should be avoided. Things like pates, soft cheeses, blue cheeses and obviously things like smoking and alcohol should be avoided in pregnancy.

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