Our expert says:
Congratulations on your pregnancy. I agree that it is vital for the health of your developing baby and yourself that you increase your energy intake to approx 2000 kcal/day, and start eating foods that are rich in iron, zinc, and vit B12 (meat, fish, eggs), as well as omega-3 (fatty fish or salmon oil capsules), and calcium (milk and dairy products) . Click on 'Diet & Nutrition' at the top of this page and then on 'Eating throughout life' to read articles on pregnancy and lactation diets. If you find it difficult to adjust your food and energy intakes please consider consulting a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), to help you through the initial phase of eating to ensure that your baby gets the very best chance in life.
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