A healthy diet is one of the most important gifts you can give to your baby. Food that is good for you is good for the baby too. Not eating well during pregnancy can affect your baby’s growth and your health. The vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body takes in pass into your bloodstream. They reach your baby through the placenta, a disk-shaped organ on the wall of the uterus. It is linked to your baby by the umbilical cord.
You and your growing fetus are at high risk from some foodborne illnesses because during pregnancy your immune system is weakened, which makes it harder for your body to fight off harmful foodborne microorganisms.