pregnantWith teen pregnancies in the UK at an all-time high, First Steps Nutrition Trust has produced a new guide on eating well in pregnancy specifically for teenagers.

It provides clear guidance on how young women can eat well during pregnancy, with ideas for meal plans, recipes and portion sizes appropriate for young women with varying lifestyles.

The advice is tailored to women aged 15-19 years, but the general advice is suitable for all women.

First Steps Pauline Styles explained: "The aim of all health advice in pregnancy is to ensure the best outcome for mother and infant, and that includes having a baby born at term, at a good birth weight and with adequate nutrient stores for early development.

"Poor diet in pregnancy has been associated with poorer pregnancy outcomes in a number of studies, and there is evidence that the diets of many younger and teenage mothers lack some of the essential nutrients associated with good outcomes.

"There is no doubt that a good diet in pregnancy provides the best start in life for all babies, regardless of the age of the mother, but younger women may also require additional nutrients for their own growth and so they need particular support in pregnancy."

To download the report in full visit: www.firststepsnutrition.org/newpages/Pregnancy/pregnancy_practical_guide_to_support_teenagers.html