During pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and after pregnancy (breastfeeding) there is an increase in nutritional requirements for you and your baby, such as folate, iron, and calcium. Good nutrition is important to help keep you and your baby healthy. Each person is an individual and will have different nutrient requirements. It is about balance, moderation, variety, adequacy, and knowing what food is right for you and your baby.


Nutritional strategies will be developed for each stage of the pregnancy and help you manage your nutritional requirements, manage your pregnancy weight gain, help reduce symptoms (such as nausea, heartburn and constipation), and promote proper growth and development for your baby. During the assessment, an in depth analysis will be conducted, with a focus on your blood test results, weight, and diet history. An individualised plan will be developed, taking into account your lifestyle, culture and eating habits to ensure achievable goals.


Healthy Eating When You Are Pregnant Or Breastfeeding – National Health & Medical Research Council
Healthy Pregnancy – Pregnancy, Birth & Baby


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