Top tips for healthy eating during pregnancy and beyond
It’s important for everyone to look after their health – and that’s no different when you’re pregnant. A healthy diet will benefit both you and your baby during pregnancy. It can also make it easier to stick to good routines when your baby is born.
Here are some top tips to keep you eating healthy:
A healthy breakfast is an important part of a healthier life and helps kick start your day. You’re less likely to snack through the morning or overeat at lunchtime if you have a satisfying morning meal.
Eat for you, not for two!
Watch the portion size of your meals and snacks and how often you eat. Try not to increase portion size during pregnancy and avoid ‘eating for two’.
You do not need extra calories for the first two-thirds of pregnancy and it is only in the last 12 weeks that women need an extra 200 calories a day.
Being pregnant can be the perfect time to kick those high-fat, high-salt or high-sugar treats for smarter options. By choosing fresh or dried fruit to satisfy a sweet craving, or veg sticks for a savoury snack, you can ensure you and your unborn baby get more of the nutrients you need.
Mix it up
Many shops now stock an amazing variety of foods from around the world. Try adding oats, beans, lentils, grains, seeds, and different types of fruit and vegetables to your meals.
As well as making meal times more exciting, these foods offer a great way to increase the fibre in your diet. Fibre is an important part of a healthy balanced diet and contributes to you and your unborn baby’s health.
Bring on the freeze
So, you’ve found the perfect healthy recipe but don’t what to cook with a new baby? Plan, cook and freeze your favourite meals while pregnant to save yourself time after pregnancy. If you’ve been inspired, check out our recipes and cook a new, healthy meal today.
This article was written in association with The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and is part of the Let’s Do This campaign offering women tips and advice to stay healthy during pregnancy and beyond. Read our full news story and survey results.