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In order to have the very best chance of a healthy pregnancy it's a good idea for both you and your partner to start thinking about your lifestyle before you try to get pregnant. For example, a woman's weight can affect ovulation, so women who are severely underweight or overweight, might want to talk to their GP before attempting pregnancy
Diet During Pregnancy
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The two golden rules for diet during pregnancy are: Don't 'eat for two' and 'Pregnancy is not a time for dieting'. A well-balanced diet will ensure your baby gets all the nutrients he needs for his development, and that you feel good throughout your pregnancy, and afterwards.

Try to eat at least five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day to make sure you are getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need. Vitamin C is present in most fruit and vegetables, especially blackcurrants, strawberries, citrus fruits, green peppers and greens such as cabbage, spinach and broccoli. Vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron and may reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia and is the only nutrient linked with good birth weight. Leafy greens are also rich in folic acid and help in the formation of healthy blood cells, as are fish, milk and eggs. Fortified breakfast cereals also contain folic acid. Vitamin B12 is also essential to process iron which can be found in fish, eggs, hard cheese and yeast extracts such as marmite.

Dairy products such as semi-skimmed milk and yoghurt are also essential for protein and calcium, and fish, meat and poultry can also provide essential nutrients and protein. And don't forget your 'fuel' carbohydrates such as bread and pasta, which are the best source of good calories for energy. Try to avoid eating too many foods containing high levels of fat and sugar. If you are hungry between meals, eat a healthy snack, such as a piece of fruit or a sandwich, rather than sugary or starchy foods, such as cakes and biscuits. As well as being healthy, you won't gain extra pounds which can be difficult to lose after the birth.


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