The Importance of Nutrition during Pregnancy

Proper nutrition during these crucial months is instrumental in ensuring a healthy pregnancy, promoting foetal growth and development, and laying the foundation for your child's long-term health.

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What can’t I eat during pregnancy?

Trying to make sense of differing advice, opinions and nutrition information in an attempt to do everything right for the little person growing inside you, can be confusing and overwhelming and may even lead to unnecessary food restrictions.

Pregnancy should be a positive experience. Nourishing your body with the correct foods is essential for your well-being and the healthy development of your little one. If you’re pregnant, you’ll be thinking about the foods to eat and avoid. This can be confusing so we will help you understand which foods you can eat, correct food preparation and when to avoid certain foods.

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Nourishing Your Pregnancy: Weight Management & Key Nutrients

Gaining too much weight can increase your risk of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, backaches, varicose veins, indigestion, difficulties in labour. Gaining too little weight, can contribute to your baby being born early or with a low birth weight. So, it’s all about finding the right balance!

During pregnancy, your body has increased nutritional demands to support your baby's growth and development. One of the top concerns for expectant mothers is whether they are providing adequate nutrition to support their baby's development. Key nutrients, such as folate, iron, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein, play vital roles in:

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Navigating prenatal supplements can be overwhelming. Simple Steps Nutrition is here to guide you in choosing the perfect supplements for you and where you are on your pregnancy journey.

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Brain Development

Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, choline, iron, and iodine are essential for the formation of neural connections, which can influence cognitive function, learning ability, and behavior later in life.

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Immune System Function

Good nutrition helps strengthen the immune system, reducing the risk of infections, allergies and improving overall health. A strong immune system early in life can lead to better health outcomes in adulthood.

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Prevent Chronic Diseases

Apart from helping mum reduce chronic disease, studies have shown that a well-balanced diet during the first 1000 days can have a long-term impact on reducing the risk of chronic diseases in adulthood, such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and certain types of cancers.

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Physical Growth & Development

Proper nutrition in infancy & early childhood supports physical growth, including healthy weight gain and development of strong bones and muscles. Children who receive sufficient nutrients during this period are more likely to reach their full physical potential.

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Emotional Well-being

Good nutrition can influence mood regulation and emotional well-being. A balanced diet with essential nutrients can help stabilize mood swings and reduce the risk of mental health issues, promoting a positive and emotionally stable environment.

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Cognitive Abilities

Adequate nutrition in early life has been linked to improved cognitive abilities and academic performance in later years. Children who receive proper nutrition during the first 1000 days tend to have better attention spans, memory, and language skills.

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Social Interactions

Healthy, well-nourished kids are more likely to have higher self-esteem, which can positively influence their ability to form and maintain social relationships with others. This positive relationship with food starts in pregnancy where your baby’s taste preferences are already being influenced by mum’s food choices and diversity.

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In a recent study of more than 800 pregnant Australian woman, only 1% of pregnant mums met the recommended intake for all the key pregnancy nutrients (iron, folate, zinc, choline, calcium, fibre) emphasising the importance of improving your food choices in combination with essential supplementation to meet increased needs and manage any deficiencies. The right supplementation of key nutrients is essential for your baby’s development and specific to your unique nutritional status.

Nutrition to help with some of your pregnancy discomforts

Nutrition requirements change throughout your pregnancy and each trimester has a unique focus. Pregnancy can, however, come with various discomforts, such as morning sickness, heartburn, fatigue and constipation. Nutrition and simple adjustments to your food choices, liquid intake and supplements can play a significant role in alleviating these issues.

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Dealing with some Pregnancy Complications

Several pregnancy-related complications such as gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and iron deficiency anaemia, can negatively impact pregnancy outcomes, placing you and your baby at risk for immediate and long-term health complications.

Using the latest evidence based and patient-focused care, we will work with you and your healthcare team to manage the condition while optimising your nutrition to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your growing baby.

The power of simple steps!

There is so much in pregnancy we can’t control. What we eat to look after ourselves and give our babies the best start in life is something we can control. Focus on taking simple steps towards nourishing you and baby, with the comfort that these small tweaks can accumulate into significant health impacts over time. This is a special time and our aim is to help you make these nine months as joyful and healthy as possible for both you and your little one.

Let us know if we can support you through your journey!

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