In this section, you will find plenty of useful information on nutrition and health. This includes advice for those who are trying to conceive, as well as pregnant women, and those that have already given birth.
If you are trying to get pregnant, looking after your health should be a priority. This includes giving up smoking and finding ways to de-stress, such as hypnotherapy and listening to relaxation CDs. It is also advisable to cut the amount of alcohol you drink while also maintaining a healthy weight. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is often linked to being overweight, and this can impact fertility and increase the risk of a miscarriage. Being underweight is just as damaging to your chances of falling pregnant as being overweight.
Once you have fallen pregnant, you will probably already be aware of the fact that there are a number of things you cannot eat. You should limit your caffeine intake to a maximum of 200 mg per day. You will also need to eliminate certain types of fish from your diet, as well as soft blue-veined cheeses and mould-ripened soft cheeses, pate, liver and other foods that contain vitamin A, unpasteurised milk and dairy products, and raw meat.
After you have given birth, you still need to make sure you get the right nutrients and eat well, especially if you intend to breast-feed. You will also probably want to shed a few pounds after putting weight on during the pregnancy, however, it’s important to lose this weight healthily. You can find advice on this and much more in the articles we have put together.
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Fabulous Fiber Fiber comes from plants, not animal foods. It is highest in fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and dried beans and peas. Nuts and seeds contain fiber, but are also high in fat and calories so be careful with these. At all times, but especially...read more
Q. What happens if I don’t consume enough protein? A. Data show that most women living in developed countries usually consume greater than 60 grams of protein daily, so meeting this minimum is usually not a struggle. However, women with severe nausea and...read more
Pre-eclampsia is a complication of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, swelling (edema), and protein in your urine (proteinuria). It usually occurs in the second half of pregnancy and can be mild or severe. During pregnancy, your blood volume increases....read more