There are many reasons why good nutrition is important during pregnancy for both the mother and baby. Firstly, the fetus is most susceptible to nutritional imbalance during the first trimester and so good nutrition needs to be a key focus early on.
A dietitian can help you with your increased nutrient needs as with the many physical changes during pregnancy there are also changes in the nutrients a mother needs, for example iron, iodine and folate are required in higher amounts.
They can also educate you on food safety because when pregnant your body is at a higher risk of contracting food borne illnesses that can harm your baby. Soft cheeses, unpasteurized milk products and deli meats and salads carry a higher risk of containing bad bacteria that can infect the baby.
Healthy weight gain is also important during pregnancy, excess weight gain and conversely not enough weight gain can lead to complications for you and your baby, a dietitian can help guide you through what is appropriate for you as an individual.
Finally, pregnancy can bring with it negative side effects such as vomiting, nausea, heartburn and constipation. A dietitian will help with all areas of nutrition during pregnancy, they will be able to advise you on how to meet all your nutritional requirements.
How We Can Help
Seeing an Accredited Practising Dietitian can help to keep you up to date with new research and guide you through your pregnancy to ensure you are meeting your nutrient requirements and gaining the appropriate amount of weight for the best health and pregnancy outcomes for you and your baby.