Pregnancy myth #1: "You're eating for two now!"

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Put down that second dessert! We dispel the first of many pregnancy myths...

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While friends and family may be encouraging you to double your portion sizes and indulge in lots of your favourite treats 'guilt free', you do not need to consume extra calories until the third trimester when you need an extra 200 calories a day. That isn't much, about the same as two slices of wholegrain toast with margarine.

It's all too easy to reach for the ice cream or order a takeaway but, realistically, you should be thinking about making healthy food choices and adjusting your diet to fulfill the needs of both your unborn baby and your changing body.

If you're feeling extra hungry, try not to snack on lots of fatty, sugary foods and instead opt for something nutritious and satisfying.

Fruit, low fat yoghurt and wholemeal bread are good alternatives. Drinking a couple of glasses of semi-skimmed or skimmed milk a day will also help keep you feeling full and provide plenty of calcium for you and your baby.

For more information on pregnancy health and advice go to www.nhs.uk/Start4Life
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