Pregnancy Nutrition

 

Being pregnant is an extremely important time to be conscious and aware of your health.

Not only is good nutrition important for your health during these amazing changes your body is undergoing and for your baby’s growth and development, it will help you bounce back after birth.           

It is good to remember that most of what you eat will filter to baby so awareness is of particular importance.

The common New Zealand phrase ‘5+ a day’ applies even more so when pregnant, and it is important to ensure that fruit and vegetables are washed well.

As well as what to put into your body, what not to is even more important.  The dangerous effects of smoking, drugs and alcohol in pregnancy are well researched and documented and can leave baby with long-term health issues.

Many foods, homeopathic and herbal remedies can alleviate some pregnancy discomforts and illnesses.  It is vital that health professionals are always consulted.

There are a lot of conflicting messages out there about what to and what not to eat.  Your LMC (Lead Maternity Carer) will provide you with evidence-based research and another place for good information is provided through the Ministry of Health website - go to the link here.