Nutrition

 

Some comments on nutrition during pregnancy

 

Pregnancy is an excellent opportunity to concentrate on improving your eating patterns. Proper nutrition in pregnancy helps contribute to better outcomes for both mother and baby. We will answer your questions about nutrition to the best of our ability as midwives. If you have special dietary considerations, we would be pleased to refer you to a dietician.

 

Your Diet:


Your baby grows best when your blood sugar remains on a relatively even level throughout the day. The best way for you to eat during pregnancy, therefore, is to divide the food that you would normally eat in three meals a day into six portions (e.g. breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, late evening snack).This does not mean adding snacks over and above your regular meals, but taking something from your regular meal and eating it later as a snack (for example, a piece of fruit, or raw vegetables).

You can use your pregnancy food guide to organize your meal planning. As your baby and uterus become larger during the last half of pregnancy, you will find that "grazing" is also the most comfortable way for you to eat.

 

Supplements:


We do not recommend routine iron supplementation during pregnancy. Evidence does not suggest that healthy pregnant women derive any benefit from iron supplements. We will monitor your lab values during pregnancy and recommend supplementation if it is needed. If you wish to take a prenatal supplement, please discuss it with us. Please remember that a prenatal supplement is not a substitute for eating well during your pregnancy.

We do recommend that you eat adequate amounts of iron and calcium-rich foods during pregnancy. We have listed foods rich in iron, and non-dairy sources of calcium on the food guide we have given you. To enhance the absorption of the iron in your food, it is helpful to remember the following points: