Good nutrition has a huge influence on pregnancy, both for mum and for baby. Not only that; the lead up to conception is also an important time to prepare your body. Before conception and the first three months of pregnancy is the time your baby will benefit the most from a healthy diet. We all want the best for our babies, and eating a balanced and nutritious diet during pregnancy helps to give them an optimal start in life in a number of different ways. A steady supply of vitamins, minerals, protein and other nutrients is crucial to your baby’s development, and it allows the mother to form a healthy placenta. Your healthy diet also allows your baby to have good stores of nutrients, such as iron, that will be necessary after their first months of birth. For lots of advice on eating in pregnancy as well as delicious healthy recipes to take you through each stage of pregnancy, read Eating for Two.