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Food and Mood

Improving your diet can help give you:

The Mental Health Foundation writes: "Recent evidence suggests that good nutrition is essential for our mental health and that a number of mental health conditions may be influenced by dietary factors."

There is good research that shows there is a link between mental health disorders and poor diets. Women who experience mental health problems or low moods are more likely to overeat or not eat at all leading to sluggish moods due to fluctuation in blood sugar levels, which leads to tiredness and continuous low mood.

Evidence shows that if you are healthier it can lessen the risk of low moods, anxiety and depression. Healthy eating during pregnancy is important to the growth and development of your baby, but also to your own health and emotional wellbeing. It is essential to ensure you are eating enough of the essential nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, so that you and your baby stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.

Steps to help you:

To feel better is to eat better and this can be done by maintaining a level of normality and daily routine. This can be as simple as focusing on having a family meal each night where everybody eats the same meal together. This can be particularly challenging for professional couples who eat at different times due to work and often do not prioritise meal times.

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