Pregnancy Healthy diet

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Healthy diet

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    Essential fats for pregnancy

    More often than not we’re led to believe that fats are bad. But when it comes to the growth and development of your body during pregnancy, fats have an essential role to play. Knowing which fats are best for both you and your baby will ensure your diet remains rich in healthy nutrients. Read on to find out more about beneficial fats and explains why you need them.

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    Foods to avoid in pregnancy

    It’s never been more important to make sure that you’re eating healthily. Your baby is relying on you to provide a broad range of vitamins and minerals, whilst keeping them safe from foods that could cause them harm. Knowing which foods to avoid and which foods to fill up on will keep both of you healthy and give your baby the best start in life. Find out which foods you should steer clear of during pregnancy.

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    Superfoods in pregnancy

    Most mums-to-be want to ensure they give their baby the best nutritional start by packing enough vitamins and minerals into their diet. But trying to keep up with ever-changing ‘superfood’ trends can be tricky, not to mention expensive.

    A varied, balanced diet during pregnancy is the best way to make sure your baby gets the vitamins and minerals they need for healthy development. In this article you can find out more about what makes a superfood ‘super’, and which everyday foods are just as nutritious.

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    Your healthy pregnancy diet

    What you eat during pregnancy is important, as vitamins and minerals pass from you, through your placenta, and onto your baby. Enjoying a healthy, balanced diet during your pregnancy will ensure your unborn baby gets the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. Read on to find out what’s considered ‘healthy’ when it comes to your pregnancy diet.

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    Importance of LCPs for mums and mums-to-be

    We’ve compiled selection of recipes that are all rich in LCPs – long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids – making them perfect if you’re expecting or already breastfeeding. LCPs are essential for your baby’s development, and these recipes will allow you to create delicious dishes that you’ll enjoy and your baby will benefit from.

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    Building immunity

    Your baby’s immune system is complex and develops as they grow. Studies have shown that certain factors, such as being born naturally and being breastfed can improve their immunity. For example, babies who are born naturally via the birth canal are exposed to their first batch of natural bacteria which kick-starts their immune system. However, babies who are born via Caesarean Section (C-Section) encounter an entirely different kind of hospital bacteria and this has been associated with a greater risk of developing allergies.

    Of course, not all mothers have the choice of a natural birth, but even if your baby is born via C-Section their immune system will be strengthened through the prebiotic oligosaccharides naturally present in breastmilk that increase the friendly bacteria in a baby’s gut. And if you’re not breastfeeding, some infant milks also contain levels of prebiotic oligosaccharides. Read on to learn more about the beneficial effect of breastmilk and how, if you’re not breastfeeding, you can ensure your baby’s immune system still receives the support it needs.

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