Pregnancy diet and nutrition
Two-thirds of pregnant women are confused by dietary guidelines, with a quarter at risk of eating more food than is considered healthy1. Eating for 2 doesn’t mean eating twice as much; it means eating a healthy pregnancy diet rich in nutrients that support your baby’s development, and ensure the best start in life.
How much should you eat each day?
The daily recommended calorie intake for pregnant women is around 2,000 calories2. It’s only in your third trimester that you need to eat around 200 calories more each day – that’s around the same as two slices of wholemeal toast with butter.
Top reads on pregnancy diet and nutrition
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- Aptaclub survey. June 2018. 1,500 people (1,118 of whom are currently pregnant or have been pregnant).
- NHS. Do I have to eat for two when pregnant? [Online.] 2017. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/pregnancy/healthy-eating-pregnancy#food-two [Accessed 7 July 2020].
- Jennewein MF et al. Transfer of maternal immunity and programming of the newborn immune system. Semin Immunopathol. 2017; 39(6): 605-613.
- Chu DM et al. Impact of maternal nutrition in pregnancy and lactation on offspring gut microbial composition and function. Gut Microbes. 2016;7(6):459-470.
- Romano-Keeler J, Weitkamp JH. Maternal influences on fetal microbial colonization and immune development. Pediatric research. 2015;77(0):189-195.
Questions about feeding and nutrition?
Our midwives, nutritionists and feeding advisors are always on hand to talk about feeding your baby. So if you have a question, just get in touch.