Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding can be a time of mixed emotions and extra demands to a woman’s body. Through this time of increased nutritional needs it is essential to listen to your body’s needs. While nausea and fatigue can be debilitating for many, there are those that thrive throughout pregnancy and have little physical or emotional symptoms.
While there is a huge amount of information available about what is best for you and your baby during pregnancy, it can be confusing. The best rule of thumb is to eat a varied diet high in plant food that makes up a rainbow on your plate.
You and your body need extra support through pregnancy and breastfeeding, growing a tiny baby is hard work! Eat and rest when your body tells you to.
While there is often much talk of how to support a pregnant woman there is not a lot of information about how to look after yourself postnatally and during breastfeeding. There are just as many nutritional needs as when pregnant – making milk is hard work too! As is recovering from 9 months of growing a tiny human. Adequate nutrition throughout breastfeeding and post pregnancy ensures a healthy supply of nutrient dense milk and support for the health of the feeding mother through sleepless nights.
Our diets are not always as nutrient filled as we would like. Nausea and fatigue can contribute greatly to reduce intake of vitamins and minerals needed for growth of the baby and support for the mother through a time of increased nutritional needs. When there is a deficiency of certain nutrients the body will continue to do its job of growing a healthy baby at the expense of the mother. Welcome to motherhood!!
Essential fatty acids are beneficial to support a babies developing brain and eyes. It also supports a pregnant woman’s brain function (think, baby brain). There are studies that suggest there is a real decline in brain function while pregnant, particularly during the third trimester. Supplementing with Essential Fatty acids can have a supportive effect.
A Prenatal multi-vitamin is commonplace during pregnancy and breast feeding. These formulas will support the pregnant woman by increasing the quantity of nutrients to support an overworked body.
Nausea and vomiting can be an issue for many women. Ginger and Vitamin B6 have been said to reduce the severity of nausea.
Iron deficiency can be a common complaint throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. With increased nutritional demands a woman’s iron levels can become depleted. Particularly from the second trimester.