Most people are aware that eating well during pregnancy is important for the outcomes for mum and baby. However, what you eat and your nutritional status pre-conception can be just as important. It is a good idea to develop good dietary habits before you become pregnant and ensure you aren’t missing any key nutrients such as iron, zinc and folate. With around half of all pregnancies being unplanned, the time to make changes to your diet and lifestyle may be sooner than you expect. We can work together to optimise your pre-conception nutrition around 3-12 months prior to pregnancy.
Early pregnancy can be a challenging time for many women due to nausea, vomiting, constipation, cravings or fatigue. In addition, there are the food safety in pregnancy guidelines which, depending on your pre-pregnancy diet, may now be restricting some of your “go-to” foods. On announcing your pregnancy, many women feel they receive conflicting and sometimes unwanted dietary advice from well-meaning family and friends. Whichever trimester you are in, we can support you through the nutritional challenges you’re experiencing and help you to decipher fact from fiction to optimise nutrition for both yourself and for baby.
After giving birth to a baby, most of the focus tends to be on the baby’s needs. After delivery a mother’s body had a lot of healing to do, and there is often a period of post-partum depletion of many nutrients. We can work together to review your dietary needs for recovery, and rebuilding your nutritional stores. Regardless of how you feed your baby, a mother’s body needs time and nutrition for recovery. Repletion of key nutrients is especially important if you plan to have a short time frame between a delivery and a subsequent pregnancy. We can help guide you with diet during the “fourth trimester” and beyond.
When mothers are breastfeeding their infants <6 months old, they have nutritional requirements higher than those in late pregnancy. Women are often told to remove a range of foods or whole food groups due to an unsettled baby. We can work together to assess your nutritional intake and ensure both the meal patterns, supplements and types of foods are appropriate to meet your needs as a breastfeeding mother.
Book a consultation and find out how to ensure you meet your evolving maternal nutrition needs