To maintain a balanced diet, you should eat a wide variety of foods from the core food groups. The table below shows the recommended daily amount of food that is required by women planning for pregnancy.
Sample meal plan
1 piece of wholegrain toast with a scrape of margarine and jam Small bowl of bran flakes topped with fresh strawberries ½ cup of reduced fat milk Small glass of orange juice Provides: 1 ½ serves of breads/cereals, 2 serves of fruit, ½ serve of dairy. Morning Snack Tub of reduced fat, natural vanilla yogurt with some chopped dried apricots Provides: 1 serve of dairy, 1 serve of fruit.
Toasted asparagus, cheese, tomato and avocado foccacia: 2 thick slices of foccacia bread, 4 slices of tomato, 2 slices of avocado, fresh/canned asparagus spears 2 slices of reduced fat cheddar cheese Cup of reduced fat milk with MILO (served hot or cold) Provides: 2 serves of breads/cereals, 1 ½ serves of vegetables, 2 serves of dairy. Afternoon Snack 4 wheat biscuits with cottage cheese and 2 tablespoons of drained, chopped sun dried tomatoes Provides: 1 serve of breads/cereals, ½ serve of dairy, ½ serve of vegetables.
Beef & vegetable stir fry with noodles: 100g of lean beef stir-fry strips 1 ½ cups of vegetables (broccoli, red capsicum and asparagus) ½ tablespoon of olive oil Oyster sauce 1 cup of cooked 99% fat free noodles Provides: 1 serve of breads/cereals, 3 serves of vegetables, 1 serve of meat, ½ serve of extra food. Evening Snack Fruit salad and 1½ scoops of low fat ice cream Provides: 1 serve of fruit, 1 serve of extra food. Check with your doctor about taking a folic acid supplement. Remember, your fluid intake is just as important as the food you eat. Try to drink around 2 litres of water or sparkling mineral water every day.