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Healthy eating in pregnancy

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Healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive and will not only benefit you but the whole family too.  Eating healthily in pregnancy is so important for your baby’s growth and development so you should eat a variety of nutritious foods every day.  Remember there is no need to eat for two, in fact you only need to consume an additional 200 calories per day from 28 weeks. 

Consuming fruit and vegetables during pregnancy provides the important vitamins and minerals that your body needs. You should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day and these can be frozen, fresh, canned, dried or juiced.

Starchy foods, including bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, noodles are an important source of energy and can help you to feel full.

Protein enriched foods are important during pregnancy, sources of protein include: beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat (but avoid liver) poultry and nuts.

Dairy in pregnancy is important as it contains calcium and other nutrients that you and the baby require.  You can also have dairy alternatives such as soya drinks.

Unsure what to cook for lunch? Click on the links below for some inspiration:

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