Good nutrition before and during pregnancy are vital to support your own health, as well as the health of your growing baby. Are you getting all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you and your baby need for a healthy pregnancy, delivery and beyond? Our Nutritional Therapist Catherine Jeans can show you how to make simple changes to your diet to support optimum health throughout your pregnancy, for you and your unborn baby. She can also provide advice on the right supplements for your needs whilst pregnant.
Pregnancy sometimes brings unpleasant symptoms such as fatigue, indigestion, morning sickness, diabetes, anaemia, and allergies. Professional advice from Catherine on simple changes you can make to your diet, may help to support the relief or management of your symptoms.
The importance of good nutrition during pregnancy
We know that the food you eat during your pregnancy can have an impact not only on your baby’s health, but your own health following delivery and early motherhood. It can even affect the health of your grandchildren. That’s quite an amazing concept and being mindful of the food you eat during pregnancy, as well as supporting you and your baby with extra nutrients from supplements, can have a positive impact on your whole family. There are a number of benefits for both you and your baby to eating healthily during pregnancy. These include:
- Reduced risk of pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure and gestational diabetes
- Reduced risk of birth defects
- Supporting a healthy weight for your baby
- Research shows that a good diet during pregnancy reduces the risk of health problems later in life for your child – these include less risk of developing obesity and diabetes
- You are more likely to get back in shape quicker after the birth
- The healthier you are, the less likely you are to have labour complications.
Our nutritional therapist says: “I see a lot of women who feel extremely confused about pregnancy nutrition. Although midwives do their best to give basic and general advice to ensure your baby is protected from potentially harmful foods such as alcohol and soft cheeses, most women feel there is a lot of conflicting advice out there and not enough specific to their individual needs.”
Some women also experience particular problems during pregnancy that can have a nutritional or dietary element, such as low iron, morning sickness, tiredness, gestational diabetes or constipation. Our nutritional therapist can offer you bespoke nutritional advice to suit your pregnancy and specific health needs, telling you exactly what you need to know about pregnancy nutrition, which foods you should avoid and which to increase, what nutrients you should be supplementing and how to eat as well as you can to support your growing family.
Pregnancy Supplements at The Orange Grove Clinic
In our supplement store we also offer a range of pregnancy supplements to support you during pregnancy, pre-conceptually and during breast feeding. Our nutritional therapist usually recommends Nutri’s Multi Essentials Pregnancy, which is suitable pre-conception, during pregnancy and breast feeding. To find out more about our pregnancy supplements and products, please click here.
If you would like support for pregnancy nutrition, you can book a package of consultations with our nutritional therapist Catherine Jeans by calling reception on 01603 631900. Or you can email us via our contact page. Catherine Jeans is also a specialist in pre-conceptual and fertility nutrition, as well as childrens nutrition and allergies, weaning and fussy eaters.