Guest Article by Dr Tammy Hume
It’s easy to feel a tad overwhelmed or lost when we’re bombarded with all the should’s and shouldn’t’s of pregnancy. Trying to work out what’s best for you and your baby while coping with the haze of hormones, morning sickness and fatigue – it can all just seem too hard.
It’s my belief that a baby can only be as healthy as the mother (and father). The great news is that a conscious period of pre-conception care, alongside a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle during pregnancy and beyond, provides an incredible opportunity to positively influence the future health of your child.
The developing egg takes around 100 days to mature, so thinking four months ahead is a good guideline for pre-conceptive care. And guys, you’re not off the hook – full maturation of a single sperm takes around 80 days!
So here are some quick nutrition guidelines for a healthy pregnancy:
Make real natural, whole and unprocessed food the basis of your diet. If it runs, swims, flies, grows on a tree or a bush then it’s a pretty good bet that it’s going to be good for you and your baby.
- – Focus on the essentials – a high quality fish oil (or cod liver oil), vitamin D, probiotics and a good quality greens powder.
- – Folate is often recommended during pregnancy. It’s important to take a folate that can be utilised and absorbed by your body. Good Green Stuff ticked all the boxes for me.
- – Iodine is also another supplement commonly recommended during pregnancy. Seaweed is a fantastic source of iodine. My favourite meal when I was pregnant was mashed eggs with homemade mayo with dried seaweed or seaweed salt. Essential fats, proteins and nutrients all in one hit!
- – Any additional supplements are likely to need to be tailored to your particular circumstances.
Dr Tammy is a Body & Mind Transformation Coach, Chiropractor, Holistic Nutritionist and former Personal Trainer as well as a Mum, Business Owner and Wife. Visit www.drtammyhume.com or check her out on Facebook www.facebook.com/DrTammyHume