Alison Kilian has come to speak to pharmacy technician Vicky.
“All your advice on the things Simon and I could do to improve our chances of falling pregnant have worked – I did a test yesterday and it was positive!” she says.
“Oh, how exciting!” exclaims Vicky. “How are you feeling?”
“I’m OK so far,” replies Alison. “A bit sick in the morning, and my boobs are a bit sore, but I’m taking it as a sign that all the hormones are doing their thing, so I’m not going to complain.”
“That’s a great way to look at it,” says Vicky.
“I’ve realised I was so focused on getting pregnant that I didn’t really think about what would happen when it actually happened,” continues Alison. “I’ll take the folic acid tablets until my 12 week scan, but is there anything I should be eating or not eating?”
Alison is sensible to be thinking about her diet while pregnant, as what she eats can affect her wellbeing and the health of the baby. There are some definite don’ts:
There are also some dos:
Both the amount and type of food eaten before and during pregnancy affects the health of the mother and her baby, and extends well beyond being the correct body mass index into avoiding certain products as they can affect the development of the growing foetus.