Nutrition when Planning a Pregnancy
Getting the right nutrition when planning a pregnancy is wise...Maternal Matters
Eating well at any time is important, but it is especially important when planning a pregnancy, during pregnancy and then once your little one is born. Adequate protein, energy, vitamins and minerals are essential to set up your body before getting pregnant, and then become even more important during pregnancy, for the growth of your developing baby. Of course, maintaining your own health during this time remains a priority, with good pregnancy nutrition as a base. For recovery post birth and whilst feeding and caring for your new baby, the energy and nutrient stores you built during pregnancy will help to fuel this intense & demanding time, so staying on top of your nutrition game is key. As your nutrition needs are different during each of these stages, we thought to provide some insights and tips on the sorts of things to focus. To get started, we’ve provided a summary of the changes to your nutrient needs in Table 1, which come from the Australian New Zealand Nutrient Reference Values. Eating according to the Australian Dietary Guidelines will help to ensure you achieve the intakes of the various nutrients detailed in Table 1. You’ll find details about these guidelines in our other pregnancy sections. However, we wanted to let you know up front that a pregnancy folate supplement should be started at least one month before conception and continued for the first three months of pregnancy, as it’s really hard to meet your folate needs during this time with food alone. Similarly, you’ll need an iodine supplement leading up to becoming pregnant and during pregnancy, so be sure to speak to your healthcare professional to make sure your supplements give you enough folate and iodine and any other nutrient determined by your individual needs. You can read more about these ideas in our other maternal matters pages.
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