Mothers are the key to global prosperity and health
The World Health Organisation acknowledges that a failure of mothers to get a safe, healthy variety of food during pregnancy and lactation has long-term social and economic consequences. By optimising women's health, we shape the health of our children and reduce the chronic disease burden that affects too many Australians today.
You can choose the foods your baby will prefer to eat
Your food choices during pregnancy influence your children’s future food preferences. How you might ask...? By the second trimester of pregnancy, your baby has its taste buds and can taste the foods you eat through the amniotic fluid. Imagine being able to avoid dinner table frustrations (eat your vegetables!) before your babies are even born, simply by eating more vegetables yourself. Providing your baby with healthy foods at weaning reinforces this further.
What you eat builds your baby and your grandchildren
We are what we eat, the food we eat forms the building blocks of our babies’ bodies; it provides the energy our babies need to grow; supports our body’s needs throughout pregnancy; and prepares our body for after pregnancy. Did you know that the choices you make during pregnancy also affect the health of your grandchildren? When you are pregnant with a girl, you are growing the eggs that will give rise to your grandchildren. You can set in motion the health of your grandchildren before your own child is even born.
There are some foods pregnant women need to avoid
Because of changes in the immune system during pregnancy, women are at increased risk of serious negative consequences of infection from food-borne pathogens. There are some foods that are best avoided during pregnancy. The good news is, the list is quite short!
Pregnancy provides a unique opportunity for one to optimise the health of two. eat for baby offers foods that are packed with the nutrients you need, so you can meet the needs of your growing baby. Shop now.
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