Pregnancy

Pregnancy

Pregnant woman

Self-care and eating well before, during and after pregnancy are important for both mother and baby. Here you will find information on:

  • what to eat when you are planning a pregnancy and when pregnant
  • advice on iodine and folate supplements
  • safe drinking advice
  • how to plan to breastfeed your newborn baby.

Eating well and being food safe

Eating well and taking care with food safety when pregnant, helps keep mum and baby healthy. Some nutrients (like iron, iodine and folate) are more important during this time.

Iodine and folate supplement advice for pregnancy:

Eating well and self-care after having a baby is also important, particularly if you are breastfeeding.

Alcohol advice

The safest option is not to drink alcohol or smoke during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. For information:

How to plan to breastfeed

Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed your baby. Getting the help and support you need to breastfeed before and after your baby is born is important.

For information about what to expect and to help you plan to breastfeed your newborn:

It is important for mums to eat well while breastfeeding.

For health and community services staff 

For healthy eating and physical activity advice see:

For more information:

Link to the Health Kids home pageLink to pregnancy pageLink to Baby pageLink to Early Childhood pageLink to school aged pageLink to Young People's pageLink to the National Guidelines page