Dairy and your Lifestage


Pregnancy places greater nutritional demands on a woman’s body, so if you’re pregnant, it’s important to have a varied diet from across the five food groups. The recommended intake of milk, cheese, yogurt and/or alternatives for women is the same regardless of pregnancy.

If you’re pregnant, you should ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need, particularly if they have the recommended intake of nutrients such as calcium, folate and iron.

Having at least 2.5 serves of milk, cheese or yogurt every day will help ensure you get the calcium you and your baby needs for bone and teeth development. A serve is a cup (250ml) of milk, three-quarters of a cup (200g) yogurt or two slices (40g) of cheese. It’s advised to avoid eating unpasteurised dairy products and soft, semi-soft and surface-ripened cheese such as brie, camembert, ricotta, feta and blue cheese during pregnancy.