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Partnership announced to support women’s maternal nutrition

A ground-breaking partnership to support women’s health focusing on good maternal nutrition during pregnancy was launched across the UK this week.

The partnership wants to help make health and wellness simple, especially for moms-to-be, who have so many food-related questions about what to eat and what supplements to take, from the moment they discover that they are pregnant.

Searching the internet can be one of the first things moms-to-be do, seeking information on what they should eat, what they can swap into their diet as an alternative, or what they might want to avoid.

But many are said to be unsure where to turn for advice or what information to believe.

That’s why Bassetts Vitamins and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) have looked at these frequently asked questions and are ready to cut through the clutter and myths with simple, easy-to-digest facts and alternative food suggestions.

But what are the questions that come up the most? The data revealed that questions pregnant women had in common ranged from which country cuisines are safe to eat and is it okay to eat junk food, to which foods should you avoid altogether.

Expectant mothers even ask if it is possible to overeat during pregnancy and what are the most important nutrients to have.

Common articles, you expect to see mothers-to-be looking for advice on sushi, cheese and charcuterie included.

Foods less expected, the women were looking for answers on in particular shellfish (oysters and prawns), truffle oil, mayonnaise, pastry cream and liquorice.

As a general rule, all foods eaten during pregnancy should be washed, cooked and pasteurized.

Hannah Gardner of Bassetts Vitamins said: “We are delighted to be working with RCOG to help expectant mothers by highlighting some of the options available that can help women and their babies get the nutrition they need. We know how important it is for expectant mothers to maintain a healthy diet, but it can sometimes be confusing with lots of advice on what to eat.

“Although you can get most of the vitamins you need from a balanced, healthy diet, it is advisable to take the NHS recommended nutrients folic acid and vitamin D daily. You may want to consider a pregnancy multivitamin such as omega-3s, multivitamins and multiminerals from Bassetts Vitamins.

Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises:

“Can I eat sushi?

“Eating raw fish and meat is discouraged during pregnancy. However, it is fine and encouraged to eat protein every day.

“Choose lean meat and try to eat two servings of fish a week. If you don’t eat meat or fish, lentils, beans, nuts (allergy permitting), eggs and tofu are also good sources of protein.

“Although you can’t eat raw fish, why not try a vegetarian sushi roll – or put cooked fish in the sushi roll. Low-mercury seafood is always a good start, so try replacing it with a deliciously cooked pollock fillet

“Can I eat Brie?

“It’s good to eat dairy for calcium or dairy alternatives, which are calcium fortified and unsweetened, but the cheeses you should avoid are any foods made from unpasteurized milk as well as soft cheeses. refined, such as brie, camembert, gorgonzola and Roquefort.

“If you’re a big fan of blue cheese, the ways to work around this problem are to eat soft or blue cheese that has been steamed until hot, as well as choosing cheese pasteurized hard cheeses such as Comté and Cheddar.

“What are the different country cuisines that are acceptable to eat? For example, is Chinese or Indian safe to eat?

“In theory, all cuisines are good to eat during pregnancy, but you’ll need to be careful about the specific ingredients included. In general, starchy foods are an important source of energy, certain vitamins and fiber, and help you feel full without too many calories. These include bread, potatoes, breakfast cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, sweet potatoes and oats for example. These should represent just over a third of the food you eat (regardless of which cuisine they come from), and it’s important to avoid foods high in fat and salt.

Is it okay to eat junk food?

“Eat fried foods as little as possible and avoid drinks high in added sugars and other foods such as sweets, cakes and cookies that are high in fat or sugar. Instead, why not try make your own pizza at home, for example a calzone pizza from Cheats

Can you eat too much while pregnant?

“Yes it is possible, it is advisable to watch the portion sizes of your meals and snacks and avoid ‘eating for two’. If you feel hungry between meals, choose healthier snacks such as vegetables, small sandwiches, fresh or dried fruit The number of extra calories needed daily during pregnancy is around 300, which is only a small increase from your usual diet.

Is it okay to have a vegan diet during pregnancy?

“It is important to have a varied and balanced diet during pregnancy to provide enough nutrients for you and your baby’s development and growth.

“If you’re pregnant and vegetarian or vegan, you need to make sure you’re getting enough iron and vitamin B12, which are found mainly in meat and fish, as well as vitamin D, calcium and vitamin D. ‘iodine. This can also be found by supplementing with a multivitamin and mineral supplement.

Which nutrients are most important during pregnancy?

“Vitamins are necessary for the growth and development of the baby. There are 13 important vitamins: vitamins A, C, D, E and K and the B series of vitamins. Apart from vitamin D, which we get from sunlight, most vitamins come from our diet. However, the NHS recommends taking a daily vitamin D and folic acid supplement. (2)

Bassetts Vitamins Pregnancy contains nutrients including folic acid which helps support maternal tissue growth at the level recommended by the UK Department of Health and Social Care, plus vitamin D to support healthy bones and muscles, and omega-3 DHA which is an essential fatty acid. . It also includes zinc to help support the immune system and iron to help reduce tiredness and fatigue and comes in a tasty, easy-to-take strawberry and orange flavored lozenge.

Bassetts Vitamins Pregnancy is available from Tesco, Boots and Superdrug and the RRP is £14. Further guidance on nutritional requirements during pregnancy can be found by visiting the RCOG website and NHS guidance:

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/patients/patient-leaflets/healthy-eating-and-vitamin-supplements-in-pregnancy/

https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/