A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time, but is especially vital if you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Eating healthily during pregnancy will help your baby to develop and grow. You will probably find that you are hungrier than usual, but you don’t need to ‘eat for two’ – even if you are expecting twins or triplets.
Experts are still unsure exactly how much – if any – alcohol is completely safe for you to have while you’re pregnant, so the safest approach is not to drink at all while you’re expecting. Drinking in pregnancy can lead to long-term harm to the baby, with the more you drink, the greater the risk. Stopping smoking will help both you and your baby immediately. Every cigarette you smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, so smoking when you are pregnant harms your unborn baby.