Meeting the nutritional needs of you and your baby is easily achievable by consuming regular meals that include a variety of foods from the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein sources, and dairy or dairy alternatives. By incorporating a diverse range of foods, you provide essential nutrients that contribute to a healthy pregnancy and support optimal fetal development.

In pregnancy, your body may need extra calories to support the increasing demands of your growing baby. The specific amount can vary depending on factors such as your weight and activity level but typically translates to an additional snack daily; it’s a misconception that you are eating for two!

Pregnant women often express concerns about consuming foods that might pose risks to their baby. It is indeed true that certain foods are considered "high risk" due to potential contamination by bacteria, including listeria and salmonella, which can be harmful during pregnancy.

Reducing the risk of foodborne illnesses during pregnancy involves practicing good food handling habits. This includes washing hands before preparing food, ensuring freshness and refrigeration of foods, and preventing cross-contamination between raw and cooked items.

Foods to avoid during pregnancy include soft cheeses like brie and camembert, deli meats such as salami, bean sprouts, pre-prepared salads like coleslaw, pate, sushi (including raw fish), and raw eggs.

If ever uncertain about specific foods to avoid, refer to this resource for guidance.

In addition to enjoying a variety of healthy foods, certain vitamins and minerals are also recommended during pregnancy. These supplements, including folic acid, iodine, vitamin D, and iron, are crucial for supporting strong fetal development.

Your doctor will ensure you are equipped with the knowledge to optimise your health and the well-being of your baby during your consultation.