A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at all times, but especially vital if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Eating healthy makes you feel good and gives your baby the basic nutrients they need in their womb.
You will probably find that you are hungrier than usual, but you don’t need to “eat for two” – even if you expect twins or triplets.
It is normal to gain weight during pregnancy as your baby grows and your body changes to support your baby’s development and prepare for breastfeeding. However, gaining too much weight can put you at risk of gestational diabetes and put your baby at greater risk of becoming overweight or developing metabolic syndrome later in life.
The right amount of weight gain during pregnancy will depend on whether you were at you most healthy weight before pregnancy. Mothers who were already carrying extra weight should aim to gain less weight than those who started in their healthy weight range.