What should I eat during my pregnancy?

In the early days of pregnancy a lot of women feel they're not eating as well as they did before they conceived. It's vital to include enough protein (for example, lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts and tofu) in your diet, as this is important for your baby's growth and development. Eat healthy snacks such as oat biscuits, seeds, hummus, dried apricots, figs and live yogurt, and avoid sugary, refined and processed foods. You don't need to increase your daily calorie requirements until the second and third trimesters when you need to include an extra 200-300 calories per day. (If you are pregnant with twins this should be an additional 600 calories per day.) Try to choose organic food wherever possible, and cut out salt, caffeinated drinks and alcohol. If you're concerned about your diet get advice from your GP or midwife.

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