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A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but especially vital if you're pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Eating healthily during pregnancy will help your baby to develop and grow, and will keep you fit and well.
You will probably find that you are more hungry than usual, but you do not need to 'eat for two' – even if you are expecting twins or triplets. Have a healthy breakfast every day because this can help you to avoid snacking on foods that are high in fat and sugar.
Eating healthily often means just changing the amounts of different foods you eat so that your diet is varied, rather than cutting out all your favorites. Should you develop gestational diabetes, you will need to closely monitor your diet and your doctor or midwife will give you further advice. Eating a variety of foods will help your baby to get the range of nutrients that it needs to develop and be healthy. These include:
You don’t need to go on a special diet, but it's important to eat a variety of different foods every day to get the right balance of nutrients that you and your baby need. You should also avoid certain foods in pregnancy because they might make you ill or harm your baby. Make sure you know the important facts about which foods you should avoid or take extra care with when you're pregnant. Foods to avoid are:
Please see foods to avoid in pregnancy for more information.