Eating a healthy, nutritious diet is especially important if you're pregnant, or planning a pregnancy. Your baby relies on you to provide the right balance of nutrients to help them grow and develop properly (even after they're born).
You don't need to spend lots of money or go on a special diet – you just need a balance of the right types of food. These include:
- Fruit and vegetables
- Carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes, pasta and cereals
- Proteins such as meat, fish, beans and pulses
- Dairy such as milk, cheese and yoghurt
For more information including what foods to avoid visit NHS start4life
Further support for you
Visit our healthy eating page which has online support and ideas for healthier eating and online apps with healthy recipes.
You may be entitled to a Healthy Start card with help to buy milk, fruit and vegetables, pulses and vitamins. Visit our help with food page which explains the scheme and how to apply.