Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for healthy growth and development of babies. Good maternal nutrition helps sustain an adequate supply and quality of breast milk. Unnecessary introduction of bottle-feeding, partially or fully, or of other complementary foods and drinks may have a negative impact on breastfeeding, which may be irreversible. Consult your doctor and consider the social and financial implications before deciding to use breast milk substitutes or if you have difficulty breastfeeding. Follow usage, preparation and storage instructions of breast milk substitutes or of other complementary foods and drinks carefully as improper or unnecessary use may pose a health hazard.
Since meal planning is not the easiest job, we decided to put together three recipes suitable for each trimester to get you started.
1st trimester: Veggie baked potato
Your baby’s brain and nervous system are developing, which means you’ll need a good amount of folic acid2 in your diet. Broccoli is a great source for this. Folic acid contributes to normal blood formation, the normal function of the immune system, and is essential to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy. It’s important to note that folic contributes to healthy nervous system in a developing foetus.
Vitamin B63 found in foods like cheese is also a great addition, as it helps contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system, the immune system, as well as in the formation of normal red blood cells.
*Cheese should be avoided if you are lactose intolerance/allergic
2nd trimester: Supermum milkshake
The focus during this period of growth is on your baby’s bones and teeth4. This means lots of calcium and vitamin D – both of which can be found in foods like walnuts and dark, leafy greens. Omega-3 fatty acids in foods like spinach and fish are also necessary for brain development.
Servings - 1 large/2medium
*Can be used during all nine months of pregnancy.
3rd trimester: Pan-fried tofu and greens
In this last stage, foods you consume need to boost your energy levels and have a lot of vitamin K5, which is essential for blood to clot and help you heal well post-delivery. Have plenty of leafy vegetables and be generous with your chili and hot spices – they too have plenty of vitamin K.
Servings - 1 large/2 small
As always, check with your doctor before adding any new foods to your diet.
Disclaimer: Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for healthy growth and development of babies.