What to eat to stay healthy during pregnancy by Mother & Baby TV

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Mums and experts offer tips on what to eat, how to ensure you’re getting a good variety of nutrients and that you’re eating well throughout your pregnancy. Plus what not to eat lots of and which foods to avoid during pregnancy.

Eating in pregnancy can be a minefield. We’re constantly bombarded with info about all the things we can’t eat. Or getting dodgy looks from the ‘pregnancy police’ if we dare to treat ourselves to that last jammy doughnut.

You can’t be perfect all the time, who’d want to be? But it is worth knowing about the foods that can actually benefit you and your baby.

Oily fish (sardines, herring, pilchards, mackerel and fresh salmon) is a vital pregnancy superfood.

Good old-fashioned water. Drinking plenty of water in pregnancy helps you produce amniotic fluid and the extra blood your body needs, and reduces the risk of urinary tract infections, water retention and constipation.

According to Asthma UK, an apple a day in pregnancy halves the risk of your child developing asthma.

Bananas are particularly power-packed, containing tryptophan, which promotes sleep, and potassium, which can help with fluid retention, restless legs and cramps.

Milk is great to drink during pregnancy as calcium is essential for your baby’s bone development.

If you thought that nuts were off the menu in pregnancy, think again — peanuts should be avoided, but nuts in general are fine unless you have a family history of asthma or allergies.

A bowl of cereal is the perfect easy breakfast or snack, and is packed with nutrients that benefit your baby.

Many pregnant women develop anaemia (iron deficiency), which can make you feel tired and unwell. Red meat is a great way of getting protein in your system.

Well, veg had to be in there somewhere. Alongside taking folic acid tablets, you need plenty of naturally occurring folate to prevent complications such as spina bifida. The best sources are cruciferous* veg such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, radishes and other greens.

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