Zing Pregnancy and Early Years

Zing Early Years and Pregnancy

At Zing, we believe everyone, of all ages, should have access to free, simple, accurate advice on how to stay healthy. This page is designed especially for 0-5 Year olds, to support Parents, Carers, Grandparents or siblings make healthy choices. If there’s anything else you think we should include

please contact us at OneLifeSomerset@somerset.gov.uk.

Healthy Pregnancy

Be Food Smart

Eating well is really important during pregnancy, to make sure both mum and baby are fed with all the right nutrients. However, it isn’t always easy to know what the best foods are, and which foods should be limited during pregnancy.

For guidance on what foods to include in your healthy pregnancy, check out Start4Life here and the NHS guide here which also includes a list of healthy, filling snack suggestions


Healthy Start Scheme

What do you get?

Pregnant women and children over 1 and under 4 can get one £3.10 voucher per week. Children under 1 can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week. This is increasing to £4.25 from April 2021. You can buy milk, infant formula, fruit and veg (fresh, frozen, tinned), and pulses. Women who are under 18 or receiving income support are eligible. Find out more here:



Keep Moving

Being active is key for mum and baby to stay healthy and happy. You might not feel up to much on some days and that’s okay, but try to get in some activity, like a short walk, at least once a day. You can find out more about exercise during pregnancy from Tommy’s, including why it’s important for mum and baby and some great tips for squeezing it into daily life, here

The Somerset Children and Young People Health and Wellbeing site has a Maternity Toolkit, which includes information on maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy and guidance on being physically active, which you can find here

For more information and some pregnancy workouts to follow along with, check out SASP’s page here  (scroll to the ‘during pregnancy’ section)


Stop Smoking

Quitting smoking can sometimes lead to some unwanted effects. Some people may gain some weight when they quit, either due to eating more regularly to have something in their hands, or due to the loss of appetite-suppressing nicotine – or both. Gaining weight during pregnancy is normal and healthy, but it’s important to try to avoid excessive weight gain due to overeating. Here are some ideas for healthy snacks that will keep your hands busy and curb your cravings without too many excess calories:

  • Carrot, celery, cucumber or pepper sticks, with an optional dip like hummus
  • Small handful of unsalted nuts and/or dried fruit (try to eat individual pieces slowly, not in large mouthfuls)
  • Low-calorie popcorn, either homemade or shop-bought – look for brands low in sugar, salt and fat
  • Chopped fruit pieces, like apple slices, orange slices, chopped grapes, or a small fruit salad.

Smokefree support



Healthy eating for breastfeeding and babies

Start 4 life breastfeeding https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding/healthy-diet/food-and-drinks-to-include/

Weaning start4life Weaning | Start4Life (www.nhs.uk)


Whether you little one is back at Nursery, Pre school, School or maybe you just fancy trying some new lunch ideas at home, check out our healthy lunchboxes for early years …. Not just for kids you may find the whole family enjoying different lunch ideas.

Healthy lunchboxes for early years – DOWNLOADABLE

Are you looking on behalf of a school, nursery or other educational setting?

If you’d like to print this lunchbox leaflet for parents and families at your setting, then we recommend you download the version below. This version is optimised for printing, and folds into a handy A5 booklet. Please print on A4, double-sided, and flip on short edge in order to ensure the correct page placement.

Healthy lunchboxes for early years


Healthy Mums

Meal Planning Examples and support

Healthy Eating – Sample Menus

Healthy Eating for Pregnancy and New Mums