Busted: While foods high in saturated fats should be minimised, ‘good’ fats are very beneficial to you and your baby. Omega 3 fatty acids are needed to build your baby’s brain and good fats are necessary for your body to get important fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin D, which helps the absorption of calcium.
Busted: Pregnant women are at risk of developing anaemia as the amount of blood in their bodies increases and the foetus can also drain iron resources. Eating iron-rich food such as red meat or fortified cereals, while making sure you get an adequate amount of vitamin C to aid absorption, should provide you with the necessary amount. Your prenatal vitamin also contains iron, so an extra supplement is unnecessary unless your GP recommends it.
Busted: Research has found there are benefits to consuming fish during pregnancy. As well as being a source of protein, it also contains the healthy fatty acid, Omega 3 which helps your baby's brain development. One portion of oily fish like salmon or fresh tuna a week has most of the omega 3 your baby needs, along with vitamins A and D and iodine.
Busted: Hard, pasteurised cheese such as cheddar or Edam are safe for a pregnant mum to eat. Blue veined and mould-ripened cheese should be avoided as they are a thriving ground for bacteria such as listeria to grow.
Busted: While a pregnant woman needs more energy, they don’t need to eat double the amount – just think about how small your baby is. You should consume around 300 extra calories a day and ensure you have a varied, nutrient-rich diet.