Pregnancy and Health

Pregnancy and Health

It is important to keep well during pregnancy for yourself and for your baby.  This includes eating a healthy balanced diet, avoiding alcohol and quitting smoking.

Eating a healthy balanced diet will help your baby grow and develop. It is important to eat a variety of nutrients from unprocessed foods such as fruit and vegetables, beans and pulses, lean meat and fish and dairy products and cut down on high fat and sugar processed foods.

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Stopping smoking will help both you and your baby immediately. Harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide, and other damaging chemicals will clear from your body.

Experts are still unsure exactly how much – if any – alcohol is completely safe for you to have while you're pregnant, so the safest approach is not to drink at all while you're expecting.
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Think about your baby – babies are amazing! Building a relationship with your baby starts before they are born. This will help your baby in many ways-  talk to your baby, take a few minutes whenever you can to close your eyes and wonder what your your baby will like.

Babies are born ready to relate, they need a relationship with you to feel safe. This helps their brain development. Skin to skin at birth whenever possible and at any time after is important for you both, for feeding and closeness.

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