Welcome to Me and My Child

Welcome to Me and My Child where you’ll find lots of information on the wonderful journey of parenthood, from pregnancy, to birth and your child’s early development. Every child’s development is different, so be sure to consult with your health care professional if you have any concerns.

You’ll also find plenty of information about what you can feed your child.

When it comes to babies, Breastfeeding is best, and provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness. During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. Infant formula is intended to replace breast-milk when mothers do not breastfeed. A decision not to breast-feed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, could reduce the supply of breast-milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use, such as the use of unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, such as the preparation requirements and the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.

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Why a balanced diet is important

Why a balanced diet is important While you’re pregnant, your body protects and nurtures your baby. You can provide the essential nutrients your baby needs by eating the right foods throughout your pregnancy. What you eat today may affect your baby’s health tomorrow.

Good for your baby

You are providing the nutrients your baby needs to grow and develop. The nutrients in a balanced diet help your baby develop healthy organs and a healthy birth weight – plus a strong defence system to protect against illness after birth. Your baby will be partly shielded even if your diet is lacking.

Good for you

You also need to eat well for your own sake. If your pregnancy diet does not provide enough nutrients for your baby, they will be drawn from your own body which could leave you deficient. Eating well may help you minimise minor problems such as constipation, fatigue and mood swings. It may also help aid your immune system and give you the energy and strength you need to get through labour.

Concerned about putting on weight?

Don’t be. Weight gain during pregnancy is normal, and your doctor will monitor you to make sure it’s on track. Depending on your pre-pregnancy weight, typically you would be expected to gain about 11.5 – 16 kg to sustain your pregnancy. To give you an idea: if you are an adult woman of healthy weight and average activity levels, you won’t need to change your eating habits during the first trimester however you need to consume an extra 1400kJ per day during your 2nd trimester and an additional 1900Kj/day during your third trimester.

Need advice?

Perhaps you’re concerned about the effect of dietary restrictions on your baby (vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, etc.) or you’d like some help to plan your diet. If so, consult your doctor or a qualified dietitian or nutritionist.