Expert advice: Healthy pregnancy

THERE is nothing more special than bringing new life into the world.

THERE is nothing more special than bringing new life into the world.

If you become pregnant it is very important to do everything you can to keep you and the baby healthy from the moment you conceive.

A healthy diet is crucial to a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby, a healthy diet can help to correct hormone imbalances that may affect you and your baby and also your ability to conceive too.

Make this your staple:

Plenty of fruit

Vegetables

Protein from organic sources

Oily foods

Clean water (3 litres a day)

Avoid wheat

Avoid dairy products

Avoid additives, preservatives and chemicals

Avoid sugar.

As well as eating a healthy diet, it is important to know that certain substances are known to affect your health and lower fertility.

Alcohol: Avoid all spirits, beers and wines. It can still harm your baby.

Caffeine is a stimulant and affects our hormones, especially cortisol. This stress hormone can affect your ability to relax and sleep, which is even more vital during pregnancy.

Smoking affects your health and that of the bundle of life inside your tummy. Give it up .

Food Supplements

Supplementation can massively help with your chance to conceive as well as keeping you and your baby healthy.

Supplements are necessary because even the best diet in the world will not contain all the nutrients you need to give you the best health. Modern intensive farming methods do not allow the soil to replenish vital vitamins and minerals that are passed on to the crops.

To give yourself the best health before and during pregnancy it is best to get a good multivitamin containing folic acid, magnesium, zinc, folic acid and selenium, with vitamins B12, C, D and E

Also supplement with essential fatty acids found in oily fish, nuts and seeds.

Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant, which helps the immune system deal with invaders in the body from bugs to dealing with pollution in the air.

Dean Coulson is a health and fitness expert, based in South East Northumberland. Recently taking the post as one of Jamie Oliver’s food ambassadors, he has created a free resource to help the residents from Northumberland and beyond get healthy.

You can find it by visiting www.healthiernorthumberland.co.uk

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