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Pregnancy health

HSE article for Pregnancy health

Healthy eating during pregnancy

What to eat to get the nutrients you need when pregnant, and portion sizes and amounts to eat for a balanced diet.

Vaccines you need before you get pregnant

If you are planning to get pregnant, it is important your vaccinations are up to date. These are important for your health and for your baby's health. A list of the vaccines you need before you get pregnant are on the HSE website.

Foods to avoid in pregnancy

You will need to avoid some foods when you're pregnant as they might make you ill or harm your baby. Read a list of foods to avoid during pregnancy on the HSE website. You can also learn tips on how to avoid food poisoning.

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  • Female genital mutilation and pregnancy

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  • Smoking during pregnancy

    Find out why you should stop smoking, and the help and support you can get to help you stop.

  • Healthy weight gain during pregnancy

    It is normal to gain some weight during your pregnancy. A healthy weight gain helps your baby to grow. But you should avoid gaining too much weight. Learn about how you can remain at the right weight for you and your baby.

  • Antenatal classes

    Antenatal classes help you to prepare for labour, the birth of your baby and becoming a parent. Many maternity hospital and health centres offer antenatal classes for free. Learn about what to expect from an antenatal class.

  • Sex during pregnancy

    Most pregnant women can have sex up until their due date. You will not hurt your baby by having sex although in some cases you may need to seek medical advice first. Learn more about sex during pregnancy on the HSE website.

  • Caffeine during pregnancy

    High levels of caffeine in your diet can cause low birth weight for your unborn baby. It may also increase the chance of miscarriage. You can learn about foods and drinks that contain caffeine on the HSE website.

  • Ultrasound scans

    Ultrasound scans use sound waves to create a picture of your baby on a screen. This scan will show you the baby's heart beating and you may find out your baby's sex. The most common scans are dating scans and fetal anatomy scans.

  • Blood tests offered in pregnancy

    Blood tests are offered to all pregnant women. They are important for your health and your baby's health. Read trusted information from the HSE on a list of blood tests offered in pregnancy in Ireland.