Pregnancy Diet And Nutrition Misconceptions

Pregnancy Diet And Nutrition Misconceptions


When it comes to pregnancy diet, understanding which key nutrients are most important can help you make good choices for you and your developing baby.

Here are a few myths moms-to-be often hear about nutrition and the truth behind the real advice.

Pregnancy diet and baby nutrition

MYTH: Your baby will rely on the nutrient reserves in your body and get everything he needs, regardless of what you eat.

TRUTH: What you eat when you are pregnant makes a difference in the quality of nutrition your baby receives during this important time of development. Research has found that your nutrition during pregnancy establishes the foundation for your baby’s health for the rest of his life1,2. Therefore, eating well-balanced and healthy meals will ensure your baby gets the right nutrients to grow.

When to begin a healthier pregnancy diet

MYTH: If you didn’t eat balanced meals before becoming pregnant, it’s too late.

TRUTH: While it’s important to eat right while you plan to become pregnant, any time is a good time to change your nutritional habits for the better. Starting now, you can choose healthier habits for you and your baby3,4.

Eating fish during your pregnancy

MYTH: Fish is not safe to eat during your pregnancy.

TRUTH: Fish is low in fat and contains high-quality protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish play a role in your baby’s brain and eye development.5,6

A smarter approach to empty-calorie foods

MYTH: Any food in moderation is fine during pregnancy.

TRUTH: Eating a small amount of “empty” calories – which are found in high-sugar foods such as candy bars, cookies, and soft drinks is OK. However, many expectant mothers eat far more than that. Try to limit your intake of empty-calorie foods, it’s good for both you and your baby7.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor or a nutrition advisor for any specific health and wellness concerns or questions.



1. Accessed on 20th November 2022.

2. Morrison JL, Regnault TR. Nutrition in Pregnancy: Optimising Maternal Diet and Fetal Adaptations to Altered Nutrient Supply. Nutrients. 2016;8(6):342. Published 2016 Jun 4. doi:10.3390/nu8060342

3. Anderson, A. (2001). Pregnancy as a time for dietary change? Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 60(4), 497-504. doi:10.1079/PNS2001113 

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