Eating a varied and balanced diet during pregnancy is very important for both you and your baby. Pregnancy nutrition is a big topic but getting started is easy - use the table below to familiarise yourself with essential nutrients and vitamins to include in your pregnancy diet and learn about the benefits for you and your baby.
Nov 5, 2016
So what do you need to eat for you and your baby – and why?
Folic acid (or folate)
Why do you and your baby need it?
You need to increase your folic acid intake if you are planning a pregnancy or are pregnant. Folic acid is essential for the healthy development of your baby in early pregnancy. It’s a particularly important vitamin for your little one’s nervous system development.
Eat it so you can…
Prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida – a defect where the baby’s spinal cord doesn’t fully fuse together and can result in a range of disabilities that can be severe.
How much is enough?
You need 600 micrograms per day of dietary folate.
You can achieve this by eating foods that naturally contain folate (a dietary source of folic acid). Consult your doctor or dietitian for advice if you don’t feel your dietary intake is meeting what you and your baby need.
On your plate
Bread (most bread in Australia has added folate);
Green leafy vegetables
Folate enriched cereals;
Fruit juices with added folate;
Yeast extract (e.g. vegemite)
Extended cooking can destroy or reduce the amount of folic acid available so take care when preparing your vegetables.
We believe that breastfeeding is the ideal nutritional start for babies.
During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. A decision not to breastfeed, or to introduce partial bottle feeding, could reduce the supply of breast milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, including the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.
We recognise that breastfeeding is not always an option for some parents. No matter your feeding choice, Nestlé Baby & me is here to share the latest information to help you feel supported and confident on your parenthood journey.
As every child’s development is different, be sure to consult with your health care professional for individual advice about feeding your baby.
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