“Pregnancy is often seen as a time to forget diets, throw away the scales and eat whatever you like. The combination of food cravings and knowing that weight gain is inevitable can fuel the temptation to eat more fatty and sugary foods than you normally would.
“In reality, while there are now two of you, your body is more efficient during pregnancy and you don’t need to eat extra calories for the first two trimesters. In the third trimester, only an extra 200 calories are needed each day on average.
“Good foods to eat are green leafy vegetables such as spring greens, broccoli and spinach to help your folic acid intake. Pulses, eggs and red meat are also needed to boost your iron levels. Additionally, walnuts, linseeds and rapeseed oil can boost your Omega-3 levels, which can help improve brain development.”