The importance of good nutrition
A pregnant woman needs to look after her health with good food so the unborn baby can grow and develop well. Healthy eating also helps pregnant women to cope with the extra demands on their bodies from being pregnant. This does not mean that she needs to eat for two. What matters is the quality of what she eats, not the quantity.
Foods that give pregnant women important nutrients
A pregnant woman should eat a range of foods to get all the nutrients and minerals that are important for a growing baby including:
Keeping food safe
Food safety is very important when you are pregnant. This is because bacteria in food that are not normally harmful can cause miscarriages or other problems for your unborn baby.
To avoid any problems, make sure that you always:
- Wash your hands before handling food
- Wash fruit and vegetables before you cook or eat them
- Eat freshly prepared foods
- Heat food until it is steaming hot.
Foods a pregnant woman should avoid
Some foods are more likely to carry bacteria. These foods should be avoided during pregnancy and include:
Alcohol should also be avoided during pregnancy because it can harm your unborn baby.
Where to get help
- Your doctor
- Victorian Aboriginal Health Services Tel. (03) 9419 3000 or 132 660 (after hours)
- Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Tel. (03) 9411 9411
- Dieticians Association of Australia Tel. 1800 812 942
Things to remember
- A pregnant woman should eat a range of foods to obtain all the nutrients and minerals that are important for a growing baby.
- Food safety is very important when you are pregnant.
- Some foods should be avoided during pregnancy as they carry bacteria that could harm your unborn baby.
- Alcohol should also be avoided during pregnancy as it can harm your unborn baby.
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Department of Health and Human Services - Aboriginal health
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