As well as adding variety and colour to your diet, fruit and vegetables are packed with powerful vitamins, nutrients, fibre and antioxidants — all important for a healthy pregnancy. They provide key nutrients, such as vitamin C, carotenoids, and folic acid, which all contribute to your baby’s growth and development.
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Essential fatty acids and your pregnancy diet
- Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs) help your baby develop during pregnancy
- Omega-3 and Omega-6 are essential fatty acids because they can only be obtained through diet
- Omega-3 supports a baby’s heart, brain and vision. Omega-6 supports heart health and positively affects cholesterol
Healthy weight gain during pregnancy
Whilst it’s normal to gain some weight during pregnancy, gaining too much weight during pregnancy can impact you and your baby’s health. For example, it can increase your risk of developing gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) and your baby’s risk of becoming overweight or obese later in life. It is important to only gain the recommended weight gain based on your pre-pregnancy BMI.