Pregnancy diet: Eat the right foods to keep you and baby healthy

A balanced and nutrient-rich diet will keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy.

While you do not need to “eat for two” when you’re pregnant, you do require a greater number of calories as well as more nutrients than normal for your baby’s growth and development. These nutrients include folic acid or vitamin B9, which is essential for cell division and organ formation and also helps prevent neural tube defects; iron, needed for red blood cells; vitamin C, required for the absorption of iron; calcium, for strong bones and teeth; and protein, for overall growth.

“During pregnancy, your energy requirement increases by about 300 calories (kcal) a day. As such, you should make smart choices by choosing a variety of nutrient-dense foods, rather than just eating more food!” advises Singapore’s Ministry of Health.