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Diet & Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy

Apollo Cradle works with an amazing team of Childbirth educators, Counsellors, Nutritionist, Yoga and Fitness experts, Breastfeeding and Lactation consultants; All are qualifies in their respective fields.

Prenatal and Postnatal Diet & Nutrition Counselling

Maternal Nutrition - During Pregnancy and Lactation

We all know that what we eat is very important; however during pregnancy nutrition is known to have a significant effect on baby's growth and development. It not only promotes overall general health but more importantly, it gives you adequate stores of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to support your pregnancy and your growing baby. It is also vital for normal organ development and function, growth and maintenance, energy and immunity.

The food we eat on a daily basis affects how our bodies work, how we heal and grow, and how we maintain energy and strength for years to come. It also determines the basic nutritional health that our children are born with, and provides a model for their eating habits during childhood and beyond.

Prenatal Nutrition

Healthy eating plays a very important role in a healthy pregnancy. You need to eat foods from a variety of sources to make sure you get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you and your developing baby need. Eating well will also help you feel better, give you more energy and help keep your weight in check. Weight gain is a positive sign of a healthy pregnancy

It will also contribute to your baby's healthy growth and development. A healthy diet and lifestyle can help you to keep well during pregnancy and give your baby the best possible start in life.

Eat a balanced diet

Taking a vitamin supplement does not reduce or replace the need for a healthy, well-balanced diet according During your second and third trimesters of pregnancy, you need more calories each day to support the growth of your baby.. You can add them in as an additional snack or as part of your usual meals.

Keep cool and hydrated

Drink lots of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid overheating and dehydration. You should also refrain from being active outdoors on overly hot or humid days.

Oral Health

Taking care of your teeth and gums is very important when you are pregnant. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase your risk of developing periodontal (gum and bone) disease. Poor oral health may also affect the health of your developing baby.

Postnatal Nutrition (During Lactation)

Postnatal Nutrition- Nutrition during Breastfeeding

A balanced and healthy diet is always important throughout your life. However, when you breastfeed, your body will change to make you feel hungrier and more thirsty. While breastfeeding you need to eat about an extra 500 calories each day

Lactation places high demands on maternal stores of energy, protein, and other nutrients. These stores need to be established, conserved, and replenished. Virtually all mothers, unless severely malnourished, can produce adequate amounts of breast milk

To ensure a good breast milk supply, drink enough fluids to satisfy your thirst and prevent dehydration. You need at least 8 to 12 cups of fluids daily - more if you feel thirsty.

Sip on a glass of water, milk or juice while you are nursing your baby. Milk and juice also supply some of the extra nutrients needed for breastfeeding. Limit the amount of caffeine beverages such as colas, teas and Coffees to 2 servings or less each day. Too much caffeine may cause your baby to become active and lose sleep.

For more information on prental & postnatal nutrition:

For additional information on prenatal nutrition or postnatal nutrition, and diet planning, Please come over to our Apollo Cradle Facility and meet our Dietitian or call us for fixing appointment