Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are central to the Clinic’s overall approach to all aspects of reproductive planning.
Research shows that what you eat (and what you don't eat) during pregnancy can have a profound effect, not only on how healthy and enjoyable a pregnancy you have, but on the health and development of your baby for his or her whole life. Your baby depends on you for all the nutrients required for healthy growth and development, so it obviously makes sense to eat as many of the foods that are best for him or her at each particular stage and to avoid the ones that are not.
Good nutritional planning can reduce the likelihood of complications arising for mothers-to-be too, such as hypertension or gestational diabetes. And it can help to reduce common problems like pregnancy sickness, heartburn and constipation, as well as helping to improve your energy levels.
A nutritional consultation with us provides an in-depth assessment of your individual status taking into account the specific, and changing, nutritional requirements for each of your baby’s key developmental stages. Blood sugar and acid/alkaline balance, protein intake, “good” carbohydrates and weight management are all discussed, as is food safety, with a particular emphasis on those foods that are best avoided during pregnancy.
It is just as important to make sure that you maintain a healthy and nutritious diet of the right kinds of foods during the weeks and months following the birth. If you are breast-feeding, you'll need additional calories and a good fluid intake too. Ensuring that your calorific intake is balanced is also important.
For more information on how nutrition can assist you with your stage of pregnancy, please select an option from the menu on the right.