Pregnancy and Nursing

Wednesday, 22. August 2018

Pregnancy and Nursing

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Pregnancy is associated with extensive physiological changes. Due to the quick development of the child after pregnancy, the child needs many more nutrients than normal, which raises the mother’s needs up to 100%. During the period where the mother is nursing, the amount of nutrients the mother needs also remains high as the baby receives its nutrition through the mother’s milk.
 

Nutrition and Micronutrients

According to recent nutritional reports, getting enough folic acid, iron, zinc and vitamin D3 is very important. At the beginning of pregnancy, supplementing DHA in addition to these nutrients is also recommended at latest after the 4th month of pregnancy.

Tips for Pregnant Mothers

Avoid
Habits that are hard on the body like the consumption of nicotine, alcohol and caffeine. 
 

Keep a balanced diet
Try to eat high quality food in order to offer your child the best nutrition. Fiber-rich foods and plenty of liquids are also important for your digestion during this time.
 

Drink enough water
Your child needs water to encourage the transport of nutrients, the metabolic processes and its circulation. During pregnancy, your body takes on an additional liter of blood, and to do so, it needs more liquid.
 

Avoid raw foods
Avoid foods like raw milk products (camembert, sheep’s cheese). Avoid foods with raw eggs (tiramisu, mayonnaise), liver and products with raw meat (salami, prosciutto), raw fish and seafood (smoked salmon, sushi).
 

Make sure you get enough exercise
Exercise increases your psychological and physical well being and improves oxygen metabolism while training the back and pelvis. Sports like swimming, nordic walking, light stretching, yoga and pilates are recommended.
 

Avoid the heat
Intensive sunbathing or hot baths above 39°C are very stressful for your unborn child, and can lead to circulation problems during pregnancy.
 

Don’t lift anything heavy!
Lifting heavy things burdens ligaments that are already overstretched, and in the worst case, can lead to an early birth.
 

Take time for yourself
Take time for relaxation exercises, spa days or yoga. Get enough sleep and spoil yourself.  

Tips for the Nursing Period

The period of time while you’re nursing is a very special time for both the mother and the child. The closeness of your bond, feelings of safety and security, and top nutrition are all important factors for your baby’s wellbeing. In addition to a balanced, nutrient-rich diet that avoids nicotine, alcohol and coffee, please consider the following tips:

  • Be careful with medication- always ask a doctor before you begin taking medication.
  • Drink 2-3 liters of liquid a day, for example: nursing teas with anise and fennel
  • Use a special nursing oil to encourage circulation in your breast tissue
  • Avoid stress and take time to nurse
  • Wait at least four weeks after giving birth to do sports ( 8-12 weeks after a C-section). Wait to try to lose birth weight until after you are finished nursingThe WHO recommends nursing for at least 6 months

Health Claims
When a new mother supplements DHA, it contributes to the normal development of the eyes and brain of the fetus or the nursing infant. The positive effects can be seen in accordance with the consumption of the recommended adult daily dosage of omega 3 fatty acids (250 mg of DHA and EPA).