Carol App Team
Community Questions - Pregnancy Nutrition
"Can you share advice on nutrition during pregnancy? Thank you"
Absolutely! Our Founder is a qualified Health Coach and nutrition during pregnancy is something she is incredibly passionate about, so this is a topic we discuss a lot! When you're pregnant, you want to make sure that you are eating a good balance of foods to ensure you are getting a good balance of nutrients and minerals for the growth and development of your baby, and to best support your body to facilitate this growth whilst remaining as healthy as possible.
There is also a lot of research which now shows that a mother's nutrition throughout her pregnancy is linked with the health of her child throughout their life.
Here are some important guidelines for nutrition throughout pregnancy:
Eat a variety of foods: A balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats is important for providing the necessary nutrients for a healthy pregnancy.
Folic Acid and Vitamin D: making sure you are taking Folic Acid and Vitamin D as recommended is important to support the healthy growth of your baby - a pregnancy multivitamin is what we suggest.
Stay hydrated: Drinking enough water is important during pregnancy.
Choose healthy sources of protein: Good sources of protein during pregnancy include lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, tofu, and nuts. It's suggested that pregnant women should eat 2 portions of fish per week, one of which is oily but to avoid shark, swordfish and marlin.
Get enough iron: Iron is important for the formation of red blood cells and to prevent anemia. Good sources of iron include lean red meat, poultry, fish, beans - taking a pregnancy multivitamin is a good way to ensure you are getting enough iron.
Avoid certain foods: During pregnancy, it's important to avoid certain foods that can increase the risk of foodborne illness, such as raw or undercooked meats, fish with high levels of mercury, unpasteurized dairy products, and raw sprouts.
Avoid alcohol and reduce your intake of caffeine.
Download our free Pregnancy Nutrition Guide for a more in-depth guide on pregnancy nutrition.