Spinach Rolls

Created by my mum as a way to disguise spinach, this soon became my favourite dinner. I have yet to serve this up to someone who doesn’t love it!”

Jessica Schram, Paediatric Dietician, Dublin.

Makes 8 Spinach Rolls; Serves 2.

Tip: Serve with seasonal salad.

Meatballs and Spaghetti

“It is often difficult to meet iron requirements in pregnancy, immediately after birth and in a toddler’s diet. This recipe provides a good source of Iron while also providing extra nutrients by adding vegetables to the sauce.”

Fiona Dunlevy, Senior Paediatric Dietician, Dublin

Serves 4

A classic dish rich in Iron and Vitamin C and great for the whole family!

The Caffeine Factor

Many Irish people enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a nice strong cup of tea in the afternoon to keep us going, but both will contain caffeine — something that’s not so good for your baby while pregnant, and may even affect your chances of conception if you drink it in large quantities.

Advice for Dads-to-be

Remember, it takes two to make a healthy baby, so now is the time to get both of you on board to do a quick MOT of lifestyle, diet and exercise habits. Maybe there are some small changes you can both make together to improve your chances of conception and give your future baby a head start on the road to a lifetime of good health. There is lots of evidence now linking the Dad-to-be’s health and dietary habits with his sperm quality — healthy sperm will help to programme the baby for a long and healthy life.