If you are in good health, you are maximising your chances of conceiving. A vital part of a healthy lifestyle is your diet. We have outlined what you should and should not do when you are trying for a baby.


If you eat a good balanced diet you should not need to take any supplements. If you do want to take a health supplement, make sure you take one which is specifically for pregnant (or those trying) women.These supplements generally do not contain vitamin A which may cause developmental problems in the foetus. Your doctor can advise you on which supplements to take.

Folic Acid

Folic acid is one of the B vitamins and all women who are trying for a baby should take it. Folic acid reduces the risk of having a child with spina bifida.

You should continue taking folic acid for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Your GP can perscribe a folic acid supplement.

Avoid certain foods

Foods to avoid include

  • Liver – Contains Vitamin A
  • Lightly-cooked eggs – Possibility of Salmonella poisioning
  • Undercooked meats – Possibility of catching listeria
  • Soft Cheese – Possibility of catching listeria

In general terms, only eat food which is well prepared and cooked.

What to eat

A good balanced diet is recommended including green leafy vegetables, sprouts, spinach, fortified cereals. These foods contain folic acid naturally. - Pregnancy, Baby & Parenting information