The nutritional status of women when becoming pregnant and during pregnancy can have significant influences on both foetal, infant and maternal health outcomes. Micronutrient deficiencies such as calcium, iron, vitamin A and iodine can lead to poor maternal health outcomes and pregnancy complications which put the mother and baby at risk. Poor maternal weight gain in pregnancy due to an inadequate diet, increases the risk of premature delivery, low birthweight and birthdefects. It is therefore of the utmost importance that you and your baby have all the nutrients you need.
It is recommended to increase your daily calorie-intake by 200 to 300 calories from nutrient dense foods such as lean meats, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grain products. It is important that you carefully consider the foods you consume during your pregnancy.
HEALTHY FOODS DURING PREGNANCY
This guide will help you choose a variety of healthy foods for you and your child to ensure you get all the nutrients you need.