Are you at that age now?

The first signs when you begin to notice yourself getting older is when your friends begin getting married. You have been with your bf or gf for a long time, or even no one and then suddenly you start getting invitations to go to weddings and engagement parties etc. It is an exciting time and can be exhilarating when you having to plan your own wedding, but it is an indication and a slight pressure that you are about to embark on a new journey in your life.

I am past that age now and I realise yet again fairly soon after our wedding there is something else happening in the air to couples around us.

All our friends who have studied at university and worked a bit, are now having babies and I am so very happy for them. Big steps! Given that I am a caring friend and damned curious about what they are going to be embarking on, I have done a bit of research and would like to share this with them.

I always talk about how important it is to ensure that you are eating the right foods for your body and how everyone is so very different. When a woman is pregnant the food she eats is not only vital for her, but for her unborn child to help it develop into a healthy, happy baby girl / boy.

There is a misconception that you will need to increase your intake of food, it’s what you eat that matters not how much you eat. You will need to have a good supply of B-vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium and zinc.

The intake of protein in your diet will need to increase, make sure you either get this through vegetables or meat, if you don’t eat meat you can always eat fish. Fish are good because they also have essential fats, but nuts are also an option here. The essential fats are crucial for brain, eye, central-nervous-system development in a growing baby.  This is especially the case in the last trimester of your pregnancy.

Apparently the recommended guidelines say no more than 2 portions of fish, due to the mercury content. However, Merilyn Glenville  recommends you avoid shark, swordfish and marlin, and limit tuna. Apparently organic sardines, salmon, herring, mackerel and anchovies are fine. (personally i don’t like mackerel). You should not use cod-liver or any fish-liver oil supplements during pregnancy: they contain vitamin A, which can be toxic for babies.

To increase iron within your diet, which increases the number of red blood cells. you should eat eggs, leafy dark green vegetables, seaweed, apricots, lentils, millet and whole grain.

Folic acid is extremely important in your diet, it gets destroyed when you cook the vegetable so  instead you can eat 2 -3 servings of strawberries and bananas.

Recommended Supplements

Vitamin B1 - B6 10mg
Vitamin B12 50 microg
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids  150mg
Vitamin E 200 iu
Vitamin D3 5 microg
Beta-carotene 833.3 microg
Folic acid 400 microg
Calcium 40 mg
Chromium 20 microg
Iron 5 mg
Magnesium 2 mg
Selenium 100 microg
Zinc 7.5 mg

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