Pregnant woman eating salad
      Pregnant woman eating salad

      A Healthy Pregnancy Diet for Baby’s Healthier Future

      Your baby’s brain starts forming just 3 weeks after conception. By week 12, it would start stretching and kicking. (NUH) Did you know that the food you eat plays a vital role in your baby’s development? Make sure you get the best nutrition at every stage of your pregnancy! 

      From bloating to backache, pregnancy sure isn’t glamorous, mamas. Plus, your baby relies on you for their nutrition, so you now need to fuss over your diet.

      Indeed, the food you eat during pregnancy provides a constant source of nourishment for your baby. It lays the foundations for all future development and builds the immune system for their lifelong health and well-being. But here’s the good news – eating well is not as hard as you think!


      A Guide to a Good Balance

      Wondering what to eat other than good ol’ sliced fish soup? A healthy pregnancy diet is one that includes a variety of foods from the different food groups! Here’s how to get started – include foods from each of the following food groups each day, and try to keep fatty or sugary foods to a minimum.

      ·         Starchy foods: Choose wholegrain varieties for a healthy intake of energy, fibre, calcium, iron and B vitamins.

      ·         Fruit and vegetables: Try to eat at least five portions a day to provide your recommended daily vitamins and minerals. Enjoy them fresh, frozen, tinned, dried or juiced in a smoothie.

      ·         Milk and dairy foods: Sources of protein and calcium. Choose lower-fat varieties for a healthy intake with fewer calories.

      ·         Non-dairy proteins: Eat meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein every day, including 2 portions of oily fish per week.

      ·         Fatty or sugary foods: Cakes, biscuits, crisps/potato chips and other fatty or sugary foods have little nutritional value. Try to limit your intake and choose healthier foods instead.


      Should I Start Eating For Two?

      Although your pregnancy diet supports you both, there’s no need to overindulge! You don’t need extra calories for the first trimester and the first half of your second trimester. In fact, your recommended calorie intake does not change till the third trimester, when your needs increase slightly.

      Before ordering that extra tang yuan or kueh kueh, remember that eating more than you need can lead to excessive weight gain. This affects your baby’s development and has been linked to complications such as large birth weight and an increased risk of caesarean birth. 

      Calculate your pregnancy week

      What's your due date?

      Date (yyyy-mm-dd) should be within the upcoming 40 weeks
      I don't know my due date

      Calculate your due date

      What's the first day of your last menstruation cycle?

      Make sure the date you entered is within the last 9 months.

      What's the length of your menstruation cycle?

      Calculate your due date

      Your due date is

      8 april 2018

      You are in week

      I'm in another week

      You are in week

      Want to stay up-to-date week by week?

      You are already subscribed for our pregnancy newsletter

      I'm not, where can I subscribe?
      I'm in another week

      FREE* 900g Aptamil Big Tin Sample

      If your child is 1 year and above, update your profile with your child’s info to receive a FREE 900g Aptamil sample*!
      Update Profile

      FREE* 900g Aptamil Big Tin Sample

      (worth up to $43.56)
      • Highest♢ DHA vs. other Growing Up Milk
      • Unique Prebiotic blend to help support your child’s natural defences
      • No. 1’ baby milk company in Europe
      • Try it!

      Questions about feeding and nutrition?

      Our midwives, nutritionists and feeding advisors are always on hand to talk about feeding your baby. So if you have a question, just get in touch.