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Nutrition During Pregnancy & Postpartum

Nutrition & Health

With the silly season ahead of us which can mean overindulging in food If you are pregnant or even in the postpartum period it is still important to eat a well balanced and nutrient rich diet.

Here’s why it matters so much:

Healthy Development:

Nutrition provides the building blocks for your baby’s growth and development. Essential nutrients like folic acid, iron, calcium, and various vitamins contribute significantly to the development of the baby’s brain, bones, and overall health.

Maternal Health:

A well-balanced diet during pregnancy is not just about the baby; it’s also crucial for the mother’s health. Adequate nutrients help prevent complications like anemia, preterm birth, and low birth weight, and it supports the mother’s own physical health during this demanding time.

Energy and Stamina:

Pregnancy can be physically taxing. A nutritious diet ensures that the mother has the energy and stamina to cope with the changes in her body and prepares her for the demands of labour and delivery.

Reducing Risks:

Eating well during pregnancy can reduce the risk of certain birth defects and health issues in the baby. It can also lower the risk of complications such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia in the mother.

Recovery Post-Delivery:

A good diet during pregnancy lays the foundation for postpartum recovery. It helps the body replenish essential nutrients lost during childbirth and supports breastfeeding.

What Constitutes a Healthy Pregnancy Diet?

Variety of Foods: Aim for a diverse diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.

During pregnancy you need folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D, choline, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and vitamin C. These nutrients can be found  in foods such as: Lean meant, red meat, pork, poultry dark leafy greens, lentils, yogurt, salmon, avocado, nuts, carrots, mangoes, eggs, oats, kale, bananas, sweet potatoes, Quinoa

Adequate Hydration: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, as dehydration can lead to complications.

Supplements: In addition to a healthy diet, prenatal vitamins like folic acid, iron, and vitamin c  prescribed by healthcare providers ensure that you cover all nutritional bases.

Limiting Certain Foods: Avoid raw or undercooked foods, high-mercury fish, and unpasteurized dairy to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. And no alchol.

Nutrition during pregnancy is not just about eating for two; it’s about nourishing both the mother and the growing baby. It’s essential to focus on quality rather than quantity, making every bite count by choosing nutrient-rich foods.

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