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Myths & Truths

Lady speaking to a pregnant lady

Your baby is growing every day, and so are your nutrition needs during your pregnancy. Here are some nutritional guidelines to help you get and stay on a healthy path.

Get the facts about common pregnancy nutrition misconceptions.

Common myths and truths about pregnancy nutrition

When it comes to pregnancy nutrition, understanding which key nutrients are most important can help you make good choices for you and your developing baby. Here are a few myths moms-to-be often hear about nutrition and the truth behind the real advice.

Nutrition during pregnancy matters, now and later

MYTH: Your unborn baby will rely on the nutrient reserves in your body and get everything they need, regardless of what you eat.

TRUTH: What you eat when you are pregnant makes a difference in the quality of nutrition your unborn baby receives during this important time of development. Research has found that your nutrition during pregnancy establishes the foundation for your unborn baby’s health for the rest of their life. You can give your unborn baby a strong, healthy start by taking care of your own health and nutrition.

When to begin eating healthier during pregnancy

MYTH: If you didn’t eat balanced meals before becoming pregnant, it’s too late.

TRUTH: While it’s important to eat right as soon as you find out you are expecting, any time is a good time to change your nutritional habits for the better. Starting now, you can choose healthier habits for you and your unborn baby.

Eating fish during your pregnancy

MYTH: Fish is not safe to eat during your pregnancy.

TRUTH: Fish is low in fat and contains high-quality protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential nutrients. The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish play a role in your unborn baby's brain and visual development. For more advice speak to your Healthcare Professional.

A smarter approach to empty-calorie foods

MYTH: Any food in moderation is fine during pregnancy.

TRUTH: Eating a small amount of ‘empty’ calories — which are found in high-sugar foods such as sweets, chocolate bars, biscuits, and soft drinks — is your choice. Note though that some expectant mothers may eat far more than is healthy. Try to limit your intake by eating empty-calorie foods less often, or by decreasing the amount you eat or drink when you are craving these types of foods.

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