“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.
However you’re travelling from A to B, these tips can help you prepare for a more comfortable journey with littlies:
I sat in on a fascinating presentation recently. Dr Clare Wall, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at University of Auckland Medical School presented on iron deficiency amongst NZ infants and toddlers*. Two NZ studies looked at the iron status of infants and toddlers (aged 6-24 months) in the north and south islands, and both found around 6% of children had iron deficiency anaemia, with around 11-14% having iron deficiency. Clare reported that iron deficiency has been a problem in NZ for around 40 years, and NZ tends to have worse rates of iron deficiency than other industrialised countries.
Warm summer weather means it’s easier for babies to become dehydrated.
They say time flies and this is certainly the case with baby number 3! I have to confess I actually starting writing this when Liam was 3 months old and I never managed to get to the computer to fully type it up and now he is nearly 5 months!
The pregnancy is over and the new born baby is sleeping peacefully in the bassinette!
Again this past experience has reinforced the fact that having a baby is often beyond your control. My last two births were great in the sense that I was lucky enough to have epidurals to help mask the pain which meant that straight afterwards I said, “I’d do it all again in a heartbeat”. This time around it was a bit different. It was even quicker than the last two which meant there was no time for an epidural. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise - it hurts! I certainly had some harsh words to say to my midwife at the time.
Your baby’s routine for sleeping and feeding will depend on several factors, including their age and your own preference for routines or demand feeding. Whichever method you choose it is important to make sure ‘feed times’ are dedicated to feeding so your baby can get on with the job!