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Nutrition for the third trimester

During your final trimester of pregnancy, the baby’s organs increase in size and begin to function in preparation for working independently once the umbilical cord is cut. The most notable changes occur in the brain, where there is a very large increase in connections and activity, which prepares for behaviour such as breathing, movement and...
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Nutrition for the first trimester

Finding out that you are pregnant brings much excitement and hope to you and your family.  With the miracle of a new life comes the responsibility of giving your baby the gift of a lifetime – good health. Your lifestyle and environment during pregnancy can influence baby health during infancy and into early childhood, so...
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Nutrition for the second trimester – growth & development

During the second trimester, systems that formed during the first trimester start to become more complex and functional. Growth rate needs to be maintained, so your ongoing nutrition and general health are very important at this stage. By around 12 weeks, any miscarriages or lost pregnancies will have already occurred, and the pregnancy is deemed...
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Breastmilk Composition

Breastmilk is a unique source of nutrition containing immune stimulating and microbiome developing compounds. The composition of breastmilk changes over the course of lactation and varies within and between feeds. Breastmilk composition also differs between and mothers and between term and preterm infants [1]. Stages of lactation Colostrum is the first milk produced after birth...
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Breastfeeding Nutrition

The weeks following the birth of your baby are filled with excitement, sleeplessness and possibly stress. While during pregnancy you were most likely very attentive to what you ate, eating well with a new baby can be challenging. However, it is important to try and eat as many nutrient dense foods as possible in order...
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Essential nutrients and vitamins in pregnancy

Pregnancy is a challenging time in terms of knowing what you can and cannot eat.  There are lots of nutrients needed to help your baby develop and keep you healthy, so pregnancy is an important time to put nutrition first.  Consuming a diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals is a key part of this,...
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