Written by: Azza Motara (Registered Dietician, and Mom of 2)
As a mother embarks on her gestational journey, many are left pondering if they are making optimum nutritional choices. Choosing wisely makes for both a healthy mom and baby during and after that precious bundle has arrived.
First trimester: There is no need for increased kilojoules during this time. Exhaustion, nausea, food aversions and vomiting during this time make optimum nutrition rather tricky so eating in response to hunger and what a mother is able to tolerate is best. But this need not be a time of only toast and ginger biscuits! Try rice/oat cakes with a little hummus and a dash of lemon juice, fruit juice ice-lollies (watermelon blended with mint and lemon is great), cold crudités, fruit and veggie kebabs or yogurt and smoothies placed in the freezer.