Getting the right nutritional balance when you are breastfeeding is really important for you and your baby. Whilst your milk supply may not be effected by what you eat, there is a catch – your body will always put your baby first. It will take the nutrients it needs for your baby’s milk from its own stores – this can affect your energy levels and general health and wellbeing, if you aren’t getting the nutrients you need from your diet.
The three months after your baby’s born are commonly known as your fourth trimester. Focusing on eating well after birth, or during the fourth trimester is really important. It will help your body recover from birth, restore hormonal imbalances and replenish depleted nutrient stores – this is especially important if you’re breastfeeding. Continue reading
There are a lots of different foods that will help your body prepare for birth. For example, from 36 weeks you can begin drinking raspberry leaf tea, which has traditionally been used to help start labour. It ripens your cervix and starts toning the muscles in your uterus, in preparation for labour. It is also a rich source of vitamin C which is good for your skins elasticity, as well as immune function and wound healing. Continue reading
Pre-eclampsia is a serious pregnancy disorder related to problems in the development of the placenta. Around 10% of pregnant women are affected and symptoms include protein in the urine, high blood pressure, swelling (oedema) and headaches. Continue reading
Where possible it is always good to try to buy locally grown produce as it will be fresher and have a higher nutrient content. Local produce from farmers markets is typically cheaper than supermarket produce and avoids excessive food miles whilst supporting your local farmers. Continue reading
Learning to eat in a way that keeps your blood sugar levels balanced is vital for your optimum health and functionality. During pregnancy your increased blood supply and levels of certain hormones mean you are more likely to experience dips in blood sugar (energy lows). This makes that balance harder to achieve. Continue reading
This article contains really useful information about the vitamins and minerals you need in your diet whilst you are pregnant, which foods you can find them in and why they are important for you and your baby. The information has been broken down into an easy-to-read table. Continue reading