Diet, exercise and lifestyle
How much should I eat during
is a time when you need take care of your health. You can achieve it
with eating a well balanced diet and staying fit.
balanced diet ensures good health for you and your baby. Pregnancy is
not the time to start a drastic diet but also not the time to put on
too much weight. On average, women put on 10-12.5 kg (22-28 lb) over
the whole of their pregnancy.
your body is going through changes, don't hesitate to ask your GP
or gynaecologist any questions regarding what you should eat or
should avoid during pregnancy.
to have at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day; favour
wholegrain versions of starchy foods; have enough protein, as well
as milk and dairy products.
at least 400 micrograms of folic acid a day while you're trying to
get pregnant, and during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Folic acid
reduces the risk of your baby having a neural tube defect, such as
worry if you get pregnant unexpectedly and weren't taking folic acid
supplements. Start taking them as soon as you find out and until
you're past the 12th week of pregnancy.
alcohol as it can seriously harm your baby's development.
your caffeine intake to less than 200mg a day.
safely as bacterial infections such as listeriosis, salmonella and
toxoplasmosis can be dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn
good hand hygiene; washing and cooking meat, fish, fruit, vegetables
and eggs thoroughly; heating ready meals until they are piping hot.
fit may help you to adapt to pregnancy easier than someone who is out
muscle tone, strength, and endurance. In turn, this will:
starting any exercise programme, make sure you follow safety
now that you're pregnant and ask your GP or gynaecologist for advice.
your doctor if:
At Richmond Practice, our midwife,
as well as our gynaecologists and GPs, can
offer information and practical help on diet and lifestyle.
are not sure if certain food or exercise is good for you during
are gaining more weight than recommended
have any questions regarding your lifestyle.