Nutrition

Nutrition

eat right

Recommended

It is recommended that you take 10 micrograms (mg) of vitamin D each day throughout your pregnancy and 400mg of folic acid each day – you should start taking this when trying to conceive.

Be careful you do not take vitamin A supplements (retinol), as too much could be harmful.

 

Foods to avoid

SOFT CHEESE

PATE

UNDERCOOKED EGGS OR MEATS

CAFFEINE

LIVER

VITAMIN / FISH OIL SUPPLEMENTS

COLD MEATS

TOO MUCH FISH WITH HIGH MERCURY CONTENT

RAW SHELLFISH

You don’t need to cut out caffeine completely, but don’t have more than 200mg a day.

PASTURISED MILK & YOGHURT

 

Alcohol

The Department of Health recommends that if you’re pregnant you should avoid alcohol altogether. And if you do opt to have a drink, it recommends that you stick to one or two units of alcohol(equivalent to one small glass of wine) once or twice a week to minimise the risk to your baby.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.

NICE advice on drinking in pregnancy is that women should abstain from alcohol completely during the first three months of pregnancy because of the risks of miscarriage. And for the rest of pregnancy to drink no more than one or two units of alcohol once or twice a week.

The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) says the safest option for women is not to drink at all during pregnancy, but adds that small amounts of alcohol in pregnancy (not more than one to two units once or twice a week) have not been shown to be harmful.