You're probably amazed at how much there is to get your head around! We've listened to mums right from the very start and combined with our own experience and expertise, have tons of hints and tips to help you combat everything from the dreaded morning sickness to the last minute tasks before baby arrives.
“When you’re pregnant, you need to eat for two!” You’ve probably heard this old wives tale more times than you can count. Most likely, this was common advice in years gone by encouraging women to relax and eat freely when they were pregnant.
Unfortunately by ‘eating for two’ many pregnant women in NZ are gaining unhealthy amounts of weight, putting their baby and themselves at risk of health complications.
It’s a common question for many mums when they are pregnant- ‘should I avoid certain foods to reduce the chance of my baby having a food allergy?’
It seems in the last few years there’s been lots of talk around Vitamin D. It’s commonly referred to as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because most of the Vitamin D produced in our bodies comes from the action of sunlight on our skin – in particular the UVB rays. Most vitamins and minerals come from foods in our diet like fruit & vegetables, but Vitamin D is a bit of an exception because we get very little from food. There is a small amount found in oily fish, liver & eggs and some margarines, milks and yoghurts, but it’s hard to get enough Vitamin D from diet alone...
Well here I am again, sitting here heavily pregnant waiting for my next baby to send me signs he wants to enter into this big wide world. This is my third baby with my other ‘babies’ off at school aged 9 & 7. So yes, it’s like starting all over again with many calling me crazy for going back to sleepless nights and starting the new born grind in my late thirties. But there is something so special about newborns and how they change family dynamics.
Some new mums find themselves wishing they'd eaten more during the first part of labour to give them more strength for the final push. So, while you're packing your favourite PJs, why not add some convenient snacks and sweetened drinks like sports drinks, that may provide a boost when you need it most? With the help of mums, we've put together this useful list of hospital bag essentials.
You may begin to feel uncomfortable in your body as your baby grows bigger each day and your tummy pops out. You probably won't be able to see your toes anymore! Many mums-to-be feel they've lost control of their bodies towards the end of pregnancy.
Yes, you can exercise during pregnancy, and if you were exercising regularly before, there's no reason you can't continue with your normal exercise programme.
So many things seem to be off the menu when you're pregnant, so it's nice to know tea and coffee can still be enjoyed in moderation.