Dr Penelope Law, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, The Portland Hospital
Q. What is the ideal diet in pregnancy?
A. Despite the almost constant stream of tips and advice on the latest ‘superfoods’ for the growing foetus, the real truth is that eating whole fresh food rather than refined and processed meals will be beneficial to your baby but also to you. There really isn’t a magic recipe for this, and in fact we all know which foods are healthy; it’s just that now you have that extra reason to eat essentially more protein and vegetables and less refined carbs such as pasta and biscuits.
Initially you may feel nauseous and only able to eat small amounts. At this stage do not worry about your food intake, eat what you can and don’t feel guilty; your baby will be fine and there is plenty of time to eat well once this phase has passed. Fruit in the early days can actually make you feel worse as the acid content annoys the stomach lining. Later on, eating fruit and vegetables at lunch and dinner will be good for baby and you. Fruit and fruit juice do though have quite a lot of sugar so more than a few portions a day can increase your chances of developing diabetes in pregnancy. How much should you eat? Until your last 8-10 weeks of pregnancy you do not need to eat more than you were doing when you conceived. After 30 weeks your body only requires the equivalent of one banana or half a sandwich a day extra. Most women do eat well during their pregnancies. You do not need to radically change your diet, even the odd glass of wine has not been found to be harmful, and you definitely do not need to feel guilty – you are already doing a wonderful job.
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