Food can be a taboo subject for many women at the best of times, but throw in a pregnancy, hormones, cravings and the ‘eating for two’ mindset and who knows where you will end up.

During pregnancy it’s especially important to maintain a balanced healthy diet. High GI (glycaemic index) and low nutrient foods can leave you feeling run down and even more tired after their immediate sugar hit. Starting your day with a good healthy breakfast is the key to kick starting your metabolism and setting yourself up for a great day.

Personally, I enjoy natural muesli with not too much dried fruit (avoid toasted as its high in sugar). For protein two boiled eggs with a slice of whole grain toast is great. Mix berries and yogurt (which provides you with essential good fats) for a quick and easy natural breakfast smoothie. With yogurt look for low fat & sugar brands like Yoplait formé or Nestle Soleil diet.

Keep an eye on what you are eating throughout the day – it’s all too easy to grab a little bit of this here and a little bit more there – five small meals is better for your metabolism. Try to include a good source of protein and complex carbohydrates at every meal, and steer clear off too many sugary treats that have absolutely no nutritional benefit for you or your baby. If you feel like your diet is getting out of hand, try keeping a food diary for a few days and looking at where you need to make a few changes.

 

Glycaemic Index Foods:

Classification GI range Examples
Low GI 55 or less Most fruits and vegetables, legumes/pulses whole grains, nuts, fructose and products low in carbs.
Medium GI 56–69 Whole wheat products, basmati rice, sweet potato and sucrose.
High GI 70+ Baked potatoes, watermelon, white bread, most white rices, glucose, maltose, corn flakes and extruded breakfast cereals.