Leafy greens are good sources of iron and folic acid, both essential for the development of your baby. During pregnancy it's even more important to get your 5 a day and include plenty of fresh fruit and veg in your diet.
Whether you're a veggie-phobe or you're just looking for some healthy ways to include vegetables at each meal, we've come up with some easy ways to go green!
Just try and include a variety of different vegetables in your diet to keep things interesting and think about different ways of eating them.
- If you're making a salad, try including spinach leaves and sliced green beans.
- Add spinach or kale to curries and stews.
- Dip raw broccoli, cauliflower and carrot sticks in houmous, salsa or guacamole for a tasty snack.
- Try different flavoured vegetable soups. Butternut squash, red pepper or pea soup make a welcome change from regular tomato.
- Add a few slices of cucumber or lettuce to your sandwiches
- Have a tasty vegetable stir-fry. Try including sliced courgette, leek or spring onions
- At breakfast time, add tomato or spinach to an omelette
- Make vegetable shish kebabs by threading cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, chopped peppers and onion on to skewers
- Try something new, fennel, artichoke or Swiss chard are all tasty, versatile and cheap
For more information on pregnancy health and advice go to www.nhs.uk/Start4Life