The most precious gift you can give to your baby is the gift of good health.
We now know that your health and nutrition during pregnancy can have far reaching effects on your baby’s health, their childhood health, and even their health in adult hood. Eating during pregnancy is not simply about “Eating for two”, it is about nourishing your body with “Nutrients for two” to give your child the best start in life.
Nutrients for Two
During pregnancy, requirements for many nutrients increase substantially. For example, requirements for B vitamins, zinc, calcium and magnesium increase by more than 30 %. It would be difficult to obtain these increased nutrient needs purely by increasing the food in your normal diet. We need to consciously improve our food choices to ensure we are meeting our nutrient demands.
The principle of “you are what you eat” is never so important as during pregnancy, both for you and for your baby. Deficiencies in particular nutrients can affect your child’s health for many years. For example, studies suggest that mothers with low Vit D in pregnancy have an increased risk of their children having asthma and type 1 diabetes.
There is a mine-field of information about the do’s and don’ts of eating and nutrition during pregnancy. Frances helps make sense of what your body truly needs at each stage of pregnancy, empowering you to make the best choices for the health of your baby.
Supporting your nutrition at each stage of pregnancy
Everyone’s nutritional needs vary, depending on your past health history, past and present medication, and health of your digestive system and gut flora. For this reason it is important to have your nutritional needs assessed. Frances can help navigate through the tests you require, and she can organise these either through your doctor or directly through her pathology provider.
Frances manages your specific nutritional support during the stages of pregnancy. Seldom is one multi vitamin during pregnancy sufficient to cater for your varying nutritional needs. Frances prescribes Practitioner Only supplements to cater for your needs as they change throughout your pregnancy.
Pregnancy Related Issues
Naturopathic care during pregnancy can also assist with a myriad of pregnancy-related issues such as:
- Morning sickness
- Fluid retention
- Restless legs syndrome
- Gestational diabetes prevention and management
- Pre-eclampsia prevention and management
- Reducing the risk of infant allergies and eczema
- Weight gain management
Naturopathy can also be used to prepare you for a labour and birth and hasten your recovery. Frances uses a combination of gentle herbal medicine and homeopathic remedies to support the labour process, and help you recover faster, in preparation for breastfeeding and parenthood.