The food you eat during pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the health outcomes of your child. This is because, during pregnancy, the body needs more nutrients to meet the needs of the mother and the unborn baby. For this reason, pregnant women often run into risks of inadequate nutrients. The risk is even higher in some classes of women like women who are on a special diet, women who smoke and women who are underweight or overweight/obese. Eating good foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding helps prevent the risk of diseases in a child as they grow older. At their early stage, good maternal nutrition ensures that the child gets all the required nutrients to form healthy tissues, organs and bones before they are born. It also provides a mother’s breast milk with all dietary requirements needed for the child’s development.