Nutrition during pregnancy is probably the most important aspect of this incredible creation of a new life. Good nutrition before and during pregnancy can make the difference between health and sickness and support the general constitution of the child for life.
The key word for pregnancy is ‘eat’ – and that means to eat well, to eat nourishing foods and not to eat foods that are empty of nutrients. A pregnant woman’s body needs more of everything – calories, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, B vitamins, and most other vitamins and minerals as well as plenty of rest and regular activity.
To enter into pregnancy with illness, bad habits, or any nutritional deficiency could mean a tricky pregnancy and years of recovery. So if you are thinking about starting a family it really is so important to begin caring for yourself sooner rather than later. This applies to men as well. Nutritionally healthy men have healthier, more functional sperm and probably healthier children.
Over the next few weeks we’re going to take a deep dive into looking at what are the key vitamins and minerals a woman who is pregnant or looking to get pregnant should pay attention to.
Keep your eyes peeled for next week’s post on Protein, Calcium and Iron.
Words by regular contributor, Hannah Fletcher