Maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet is especially important if you're planning a pregnancy. By aiming for a healthy weight, you increase your chances of conceiving naturally and having a healthy pregnancy and baby, as well as decreasing the risks of developing complications, such as diabetes.
Our diets should contain a wide variety of different foods, to help us get the wide range of nutrients that our bodies need. This is shown by the UK’s healthy eating model - the Eatwell Guide.
If you're vegan or you follow a restricted diet because of a food intolerance (for example, a gluten-free diet for coeliac disease) or for religious reasons, talk to your midwife or GP and ask to be referred to a dietitian for advice on how to make sure you're getting all the nutrients you need for you and your baby.
There are also certain foods to avoid once you are pregnant.
To find out more about how to achieve a healthy diet and to get local support, please contact our Positive Image, Motivation and Support (PIMS) in pregnancy service.
NHS - Food Scanner App
Wiltshire Council - Pregnancy and healthy weight
Hampshire Healthy Families