Pre & Post Natal Nutrition – For a Healthy Pregnancy
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During pregnancy, your health is essential for ensuring that your baby grows and develops the way that he/she should. There are many aspects of your diet that need to be considered such as making sure that you are consuming adequate macro- and micro- nutrients. Many of these nutritional requirements increase during pregnancy, however it is not necessary to completely “eat for two”.
The right amount of weight gain is also very important while pregnant. With the help of a Dietitian or Nutritionist, you can rest assured that your weight will be monitored and advice given accordingly.
During the post-natal period, once your baby has already been born, your nutrition is still important to ensure that your weight returns to normal ranges, that you consume adequate nutrients and that your baby still receives the right amount of nutrients.
Some of the specific foods to consider include:
- Grains: rich source of fiber and energy
- Fruit and vegetables: loaded with vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. Many also contain folic acid and iron.
- Meats, chicken, fish, nuts, legumes: these provide your body with protein, iron and folic acid
- Dairy/dairy alternatives: these provide your body with calcium and vitamin D.
You may also experience taste aversions and unique cravings. Speak to our Dietitians and Nutritionists about this further to ensure that you make good dietary choices.
Infancy is defined at the period from birth up to 1 year of age. During this time, it is extremely important for nutritional intake to be sufficient. It has been shown with various scientific studies that depending on an infant/child’s growth and feeding patterns at a young age, it can influence their risk of various metabolic diseases such as obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. At 6 months of age is when complementary feeding can begin. This may require extra advice and guidance from an expert to ensure your baby is fed appropriately and that there is decreased risk for developing allergies or even picky eating.
Parents should be aware that their child’s feeding style from a young age can closely influence their growth and cognitive development later in life. Specific nutrients (macro- and micro-) play specific roles in the body and having a balanced diet from early on in life will not only affect weight but also overall health, digestive health, cognitive function, energy levels, and many more.
Eating a variety of foods is the best way to ensure an adequate intake of nutrients for children. Each infant or child is different and some may experience feeding difficulties, require more nutrient-dense foods or guidance related to specific disease conditions. Our Dietitians are experts in assisting parents with these situations.