Hi Lisa, you are right.
Food can affect the health of a pregnant woman and that of her baby’s. Fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats are solid nutritional bets, but there are also healthy versions of frozen dinners too. Certain food which may result in food-borne illness in a pregnant woman or have possible adverse effects on the baby’s developing nervous system should be avoided.
Foods to avoid during pregnancy include:
• Seafood high in mercury (eg swordfish, shark, ling mackerel)
• Raw, undercooked or contaminated seafood
• Undercooked meat, poultry and eggs
• Unpasteurized foods, juices
• Unwashed fruits, vegetables
• Excessive quantity of liver
• Excessive caffeine
• Herbal tea, alcohol
Folic acid and calcium prescribed by her obstetricians helps. The early stage bleeding experienced is unlikely to be related to her dietary habits. She should consult her obstetricians at the earliest possible if bleeding recurs.
After giving birth an adequate diet is especially important to help ensure the mother’s health and to supply her with the energy necessary to care for her new baby. A postpartum woman’s diet should replace nutrients lost during pregnancy and include nutrients needed to maintain her body and to facilitate breastfeeding. The chart summaries the range and amount of food required by woman during confinement:
Remember to drink plenty of liquids. Drink to satisfy her thirst, but be sure to drink six to 10 glasses of liquid everyday
• fad weight reduction diets,
• harmful substances (such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs)
• excessive intake of fat, salt, caffeine, sugar, and artificial sweeteners.
With the physical and emotional support showered by you and family, your daughter will transit readily into her new role and enjoy motherhood.
Clin A/Prof Yeo Cheo Lian
Head & Senior Consultant
Department of Neonatal and Development Medicine
Singapore General Hospital