How can I keep my baby healthy?

Up until your first appointment and during the whole of your pregnancy you can take some simple steps to keep you and your baby healthy:

  • take folic acid – ideally both before and during the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy. This is a vitamin found naturally in many foods. You can get supplements and advice about folic acid from your community pharmacist or GP.
  • eat a healthy, balanced diet including fresh vegetables and fruit
  • avoid liver and pate, raw or partially cooked eggs, raw or undercooked meats, raw shellfish, unpasteurised milk and some types of cheese
  • it is best not to drink alcohol as it may harm your baby
  • smoking harms you and your baby. If you need help to stop smoking call 0800 84 84 84 to get friendly, expert help near where you live or work.

Ready Steady Baby has lots more information about keeping you and your baby well during pregnancy.

Last Reviewed: 20/10/2011