Healthy living

Diet, Supplements and Medications during pregnancy

Diet

Healthy eating in pregnancy will give your baby a healthy start to life.

The Womens and Childrens Health Network (external site) provides advice and information on what to eat during pregnancy.

Listeria Infection (listeriosis)

Listeria infection is a rare but potentially severe illness caused by listeria monocytogeneses bacteria

Supplements

Vitamin D is a very important vitamin for both mother and baby.  You need to make sure your vitamin D levels are normal during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Taking the vitamin Folate before and during pregnancy reduces the risk of your baby having a neural tube defect (conditions in which a baby’s spine, brain and skull do not develop properly).

Medications

If you plan to become pregnant, or think you are pregnant you must talk to your doctor about taking Warfarin.

Where to get help

  • See your doctor
  • Visit a GP after hours
  • Ring healthdirect on 1800 022 222

This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

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