Eating properly during pregnancy
A healthy and balanced diet
It is more important than ever during pregnancy to eat a varied and balanced diet in order to provide both you and your baby with all the nutrients you need. If you eat properly, you should not need any dietary supplements during your pregnancy:
- Enjoy large quantities of fruit and vegetables in all their guises. Eat well-cooked fish and lean meat, whole cereals which are rich in fibre and dairy products.
- Vary the oils that you use (olive, sunflower, grape-seed, nut, etc.).
- Avoid sugary treats and extra fatty foods.
- Don't have too many drinks that contain caffeine (coffee, tea, certain fizzy drinks) or sugar.
- Completely cut out alcohol: when a pregnant woman consumes an alcoholic beverage, the alcohol goes straight from her bloodstream to the bloodstream of the foetus via the placenta and can harm the baby's development. Alcohol consumption is risky – irrespective of the quantity consumed. So it's better to wait until the end of your pregnancy or once you have finished breastfeeding before opening that bottle of champagne!
There are a number of nutrients that are particularly important during pregnancy. You'll find them in the following foodstuffs:
- Sources of folic acid: spinach, watercress, carrots, tomatoes, eggs, bread.
- Sources of calcium: milk and dairy products.
- Sources of vitamin D: fatty fish (sardines, salmon, tuna, etc.).
- Sources of iron: red meat, dry vegetables.
- Sources of iodine: well-cooked crustaceans, salt-water fish, iodized salt.