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. There are increased nutrient needs (for example iron, iodine and folate are required in higher amounts) and many physical changes during pregnancy.
In addition to assisting you work toward getting all that you need from your diet, we can provide education on food safety. When pregnant, your body is more vulnerable to contracting food borne illnesses. Soft cheeses, unpasteurised milk products, deli meats and salads carry a higher risk of containing bad bacteria that can impact 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.
There are also effective nutrition strategies that can be implemented to assist with management of some of the physical side effects of pregnancy such as vomiting, nausea, heartburn and constipation.
Our dietitians can help you 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.
We are known for our expertise in gastrointestinal (gut / bowel) nutrition and every member of our team has their own additional, specialty areas of nutritional expertise.Book an appointment