Pregnancy is one of the most nutritionally demanding periods in a woman’s life. Rapid cell division and organ development means that an adequate supply of nutrients is essential to support the tremendous foetal growth. During pregnancy your baby is totally reliant on what you eat as his/her only source of nourishment — so even with a good diet extra specific nutrients are important. Supplementation at this time is a logical choice as it s not always easy to obtain these nutrients from food. However many women may be concerned about which supplement is best to take.
Here are tips for a healthy pregnancy:
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables (at least 5 portions each day) to boost vitamin and mineral intakes.
- Choose iron rich protein foods such as lean meats, eggs, beans and lentils.
- Try to include one (but not more than two) portions of oily fish each week e.g. salmon, trout, mackerel, or sardines.
- Include low fat dairy foods ever day for extra calcium e.g. low fat milk and yoghurts.
- Choose healthier snacks such as fruit, dried fruit, fortified breakfast cereals etc. rather tahn high-fat / high-sugar foods.
- Cut out smoking and alcohol.
- Limit your caffeine intake.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Try to get regular gentle physical exercise.
- Take a supplement to help meet increased dietary requirements.