Are you having three square meals a day – a balanced diet consisting of several servings of veggies, fruit, wholegrains, low-fat dairy products and protein?
If you are, then you’re likely to have adequate nutrition to support you and your baby, says Dr Tan Eng Loy, a consultant at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Singapore General Hospital (SGH).
But if you skip meals frequently or eat a lot of snacks and fast food, then a nutrition boost in the form of a prenatal vitamin may help you.
Consultant Mayura Mohta of Healthfriend, which conducts nutrition workshops, says studies show that a prenatal diet can influence a child’s health.
If an expectant mum doesn’t eat well, her kid may have a higher risk of developing certain diseases like hypertension and diabetes later in life, she says.