The following pages will give you a ‘snapshot’ of the
information that you may need before you meet your
midwife for the first time. This information is based
on the most common questions that are asked or that
can have the most influence on you and your baby’s health
in the early weeks of pregnancy.

Help!! What should I be
eating /drinking /taking during
my pregnancy?

Folic acid

It’s important to start taking folic acid very early into your
pregnancy (ideally before conception) right up until you are 12 weeks. Folic acid is
important for pregnancy as it can help prevent birth defects known as neural
tube defects, such as spina bifida.
You should take a 400 microgram folic acid
tablet every day while you are trying
to get pregnant and until you are
12 weeks pregnant. If you didn’t
take folic acid before you
conceived, you should start
as soon as you find out that
you are pregnant.

You should also eat foods that contain folate (the natural form of folic acid), such as green
leafy vegetables
and brown rice.
Some breakfast cereals, breads
and margarines
have folic acid
added to them.