Preparation for the “4th Trimester”
We provide dietetic support during the third trimester to discuss how to prepare for life after baby is delivered. We discuss preparing meals for the freezer, nutrition around labour and soon after delivery, breastfeeding nutrition, and postnatal recovery in the first 6 weeks of baby’s life.
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.
After giving birth to a baby, most of the focus tends to be on the baby’s needs. After delivery a mother’s body has a lot of healing and recovery in the “fourth trimester.” 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.
Diet after Gestational Diabetes
For women who have experienced gestational diabetes or diabetes during pregnancy we provide post natal dietetic support to optimise their HbA1c which is checked at three months after delivery and annually thereafter. We support women to implement optimal nutrition as part of their lifestyle during parenthood to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
Book a consultation and find out what dietary changes you can make to manage your symptoms