According to Dr Ting, the main nutrition mistake pregnant mums make is thinking they have to eat for two persons. Rather than nourishing mummy and baby in a balanced way, this is likely to lead to excessive weight gain and predispose the mum to developing gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
Giving into cravings all the time is another mistake pregnant mums make. Eating that calorie-laden donut once in a while is okay, but three of them every day – a big nutrition no-no.
The third nutrition blunder some women make is dieting during pregnancy. Not eating enough is as bad as eating too much as it may equally compromise the health of both mum and baby.
Mums-to-be, remember in pregnancy, your diet should be balanced and you should be eating regularly. All pregnant mums should make sure to include carbohydrates, proteins, fruits and vegetables in their daily meals. Taking prebiotics will also benefit both mummy and baby during this time.
At the same time, do try to avoid alcohol and cut right down on caffeine consumption during pregnancy. Replace these and sugary soft drinks with a good maternal milk instead, knowing that you are only adding to your and your baby’s good nutrition by doing so.
Don’t forget to also drink plenty of water so that you stay well-hydrated.
New mums make nutrition mistakes too. Find out what these are and how to avoid them on the next slide.