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The importance of a good diet throughout life is well known.

A healthy, balanced diet is particularly important before a woman becomes pregnant and throughout her pregnancy. 

Good nutrition in the antenatal and postnatal period has both immediate and significant long-term health benefits for both mother and baby. 

Your doctor or midwife will refer you to the dietitian if necessary. 

The dietitian provides inpatient and outpatient services for a wide range of diet related concerns including:

  • Diabetes or high blood sugars during pregnancy
  • Twin or multiple pregnancy
  • Conditions requiring special diets in pregnancy (for example, renal disease, coeliac disease or cystic fibrosis)
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 
  • Poor weight gain or obesity in pregnancy
  • Severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum)
  • Babies who are growing slowly, have feeding difficulties and milk intolerance or allergy

Links to: 

Healthy eating during pregnancy
Weight gain during pregnancy

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