Nutrition & healthy eating
It's important to eat well during pregnancy. Good nutrition will keep you healthy and help your baby grow and develop.
A balanced diet in pregnancy
Try to avoid eating food that has lots of sugar and salt, and
choose foods from each of these groups every day - they are all
important for your health now and after your baby is born.
Download the Eatwell Guide
You can find our patient information leaflet 'healthy
eating and vitamin supplements in pregnancy' here. If you are
concerned about weight gain in pregnancy, you may find useful
information on our weight management pages. There
is also information regarding our pregnancy lifestyle clinic here if your BMI at booking
was over 35.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists also
provide advice and guidance here.
Healthy start scheme
If you're pregnant or have a child under 4, the Healthy Start
scheme can help you buy basic foods like milk or
fruit. If you qualify for the scheme
you'll be sent vouchers
you can use in over 30,000 shops
in the UK.
You can also get coupons to swap for free vitamins suitable
- pregnant women
- breastfeeding women
- children aged 6 months to 5 years old
Frequently asked questions
Q. What foods should I avoid in pregnancy?
A. There are some foods to avoid or take care
with when you're pregnant, because they might make you ill or
harm your baby. Read more
about foods to avoid on the NHS Choices website.