Nutrition is an essential part of a child’s development. Experts now believe that a mother’s own nutrition during pregnancy is likely to influence an unborn baby’s immune system, including whether the child may develop an allergy later in life.
- Your pregnancy diet can help reduce the risk of your child developing allergies
- A non-restrictive diet can ensure your baby is getting enough energy, vitamins and minerals
- Experts recommend getting enough omega-3 DHA and vitamin D, and building a diverse gut flora
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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.