New advice on what women should eat during pregnancy.
A new warning suggests the food pregnant women eat could put the lives of their unborn babies at risk of disease, reports 7 news.
“A lot of women I see are working full time as well as being pregnant which is fantastic,” said Early Life Nutrition Coalition’s Melanie McGrice.
The new guidelines suggest expectant mums should be eating two pieces of fruit and at least two and half cups of cooked green and orange vegetables every day.
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White bread should be replaced with whole grain alternatives and sugary food like cakes and soft drinks should be off the menu.
Neonatologist Dr Adrienne Gordon said pregnant women should not over-indulge on calories, despite long-held beliefs about eating for two.
“It’s important to know the extra calories you need are actually not very much,” he said.
“It’s not eating for two.”
Experts say big changes are needed with around 1 million Australians suffering from type 2 diabetes and the number of children suffering from asthma and food allergies on the rise.
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