Pregnancy Diet

If you’re pregnant you’ve probably heard of the phrase ‘Eating for two’. And while it can be tempting to eat more because of this, you may be surprised to learn it isn’t actually necessary.

PREGNANCY DIET

If you’re pregnant you’ve probably heard of the phrase ‘Eating for two’. And while it can be tempting to eat more because of this, you may be surprised to learn it isn’t actually necessary.

This is because your body becomes more efficient during pregnancy and is able to absorb more nutrients. Medical advice says that if you have a singleton pregnancy are a healthy weight, you need no additional calories in the first two trimesters. In the third trimester however, you may need around 200 extra calories per day.

What’s more important though, is the make-up of your diet. Considering what you eat can make a world of difference to your health and your baby’s health.

Highly nutritious food while pregnant includes salmon, dairy products and lots of broccoli and dark leafy greens.

There are also certain foods you need to avoid during pregnancy. For example, according to current guidelines, food like pate, certain types of cheese and raw fish should ideally be avoided. It is also a good idea to be wary of how much caffeine you consume, although up to 200mg a day is fine.

Voice: Dr Ranj Singh