Karin G Reiter: Yes, it will. It’s important to follow the recommended nutritional guidelines for pregnancy to ensure a healthy child. What mum eats now can lead to healthy or less than healthy development of child’s brain, organs, nervous system and immunity.
For instance, certain foods have a greater chance of containing harmful bacteria or causing foodborne illness, which can be extremely dangerous to a growing child. That’s why foods such as raw fish or unpasteurised cheeses are best avoided during pregnancy.
Many different nutrients play a role in supporting a healthy pregnancy, such as folate, which helps prevent brain and spinal abnormalities; as well as DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that is also important for child’s brain development.