Pregnancy is the perfect time to mend our ways by adopting a healthy, balanced diet and taking up good habits. Over the 9 months, you are responsible for your baby's diet to ensure his/her growth and development.
It is important to limit your intake of fatty and sweet foods, but these do not have to be avoided completely. Varying your meals will mean you don't get bored of a particular food and will enable you to vary your nutrient sources.
Smaller meals can aid digestion and lessen discomfort such as nausea and heartburn. Monitor your calorie intake; intake must moderately increase in line with foetal growth.
Have a balanced and varied diet; by varying your diet amongst the most important food groups:
Dairy products: These are rich in calcium which is essential for your baby's bones and teeth.
Fruit and vegetables: These are one of the major sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Cereals and starchy foods: Slow carbohydrates are a continuous energy source, essential for foetal development.
Meat, fish, eggs and poultry: These are important sources of proteins which are essential for your baby's tissue and organ development.
Oils, butter and other fats: These are essential for the development of the foetus' nervous system, but they should not be abused.