25 July 2017

Feature: Your Health Hit


In the first trimester of pregnancy your baby will increase 20 million times. In the first 8 weeks your baby’s organs, hands, fingers, legs, feet, head, eyes, nose, ears etc. are being constructed. To ensure the best possible foundations are laid down during this phase, you want to make sure there are plenty of building blocks in the form of the right nutrients.

So here are some of the top nourishing foods for Mum’s to be and how to help against anaemia in pregnancy.  

  • ·      Egg Yolks contains choline, which is important for the formation of neurons from day 56 to three months after birth. It can’t be added at a later stage, it must be there to be used when needed. 2 Organic eggs a day, eggs are a great source of cholesterol, sex hormones are from cholesterol and the hormones to deal with stress especially at this critical time. 
  • ·      Mums to be need extra cholesterol to help with the babies development for the brain & nervous system and eggs provide vitamin a, d, k & e, folate, biotin, iron, zinc & selenium. 
  •        Grass fed butter is always best compared to margarine's. ( Yeo Valley or Rachels Organic) are a great source of vitamins a, d k, e. Also provides iodine, critical for thyroid function in pregnancy .  

Anaemia in Pregnancy

We all know that pregnancy can take its toll on our bodies and the baby's need comes first, which is why many women can become Anaemic in pregnancy. Common symptoms of being anaemic are tiredness and fatigue, shortness of breath and cold hands and feet. One of the main reasons is because during pregnancy your body produces more blood to support the growth of your baby. If you're then not getting enough iron or certain other nutrients your body might not be able to produce the amount of red blood cells it needs to make this additional blood.

What to do if you have low Iron levels ?

The main thing to focus on is getting your iron levels higher, and this is the importance of nutrition. One of the highest Iron rich foods is "Organic Red Meat”. It must be organic and grass fed. 

Foods to boost your Iron Levels
  • Blackstrap Molasses - Blackstrap molasses not only contains high levels of iron but also folate which is a natural source of folic acid
  • Spinach - High in Iron and Vitamins 
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Pomegranate - It is excellent to increase the bodies blood flow
  • Dates & Prunes- Rich in Iron
  • Beetroot juice-  Add some extra Iron to your day by adding some beetroots to a homemade juice 
  • Honey - It is a excellent remedy (use raw honey from a health store) rather than from a supermarket as it will contain many more health benefits. 
Gaining weight in pregnancy

If you are an average sized women then they suggest that you should gain between 20 to 30 Ibs compared to a overweight ladies who should gain only 15 to 25 Ibs.

In average we should gain about five pounds during our first three months and one pound per week during the remainder weeks. One thing to keep in mind if you want a home birth is that many midwifes won't let you have a home birth if your BMI is to high. 

So what is this weight made up of ?

Baby 7-8 Ibs
Placenta 2-3 Ibs
Amniotic fluid 2-3 Ibs
Brest tissue 2-3 Ibs
Increased blood supply 4 Ibs
Extra fat stores 5-9 Ibs
Uterus 2-5 Ibs

Total 25-35 Ibs

You can see how it soon totals up and I wanted these guidelines to be helpful to you as a reference point, but not to worry excessively about your weight gain at this 

Now is not the time to be "lean mean machines” but we can still all be healthy. If you feel you are gaining a little too much then cut back on carbohydrates foods like potatoes, bread, chocolate, but not on nutritious foods like vegetables and organic meat. 

Written by Jemma @trulymadlyhealthy 


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