Protein Matters in Pregnancy and Lactation

Protein Matters in Pregnancy and Lactation By Jane Palmer Protein is an essential macro-nutrient, from the protein, fat and carbohydrate family. Protein is required by everyone for optimal health. This is even more so during pregnancy and lactation; protein matters. Made up of amino acids, protein forms the building blocks of your body's cells and that


Coconuts: Tropical Miracle Food

Coconuts: Tropical Miracle Food By Beryl Truong On a recent holiday to South East Asia, I loved being able to have a juicy fresh young coconut every day as well as feeding the coconut water and young flesh to my 7 month old infant. The nutrient density of coconuts means it has long been


Listeria and Pregnancy

Listeria and Pregnancy By Jane Palmer Listeria is a bacteria that is found in nature and lives in some foods. Sources of Listeria include most animals, soil, vegetation and sewerage. Because of this, Listeria can easily enter our food chain. An infection with Listeria can cause mild ‘flu-like’ symptoms, urinary tract infections or even


Safe Eating and Drinking Before and During Pregnancy

Safe Eating and Drinking Before and During Pregnancy Thinking about getting pregnant? This article by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) will provide you with vital information about what you eat and drink before and during pregnancy. Dr Paul Brent, FSANZ’s Chief Scientist, said that thinking about having a baby is an exciting time


What is Folic Acid

Folic acid, also known as folate, is a water soluble B-group vitamin carried through the bloodstream and excreted in urine. Because it is not stored in the human body we must consume folic acid every day in order to make sure our body has an adequate supply. Folic acid performs several vital functions in


Folic Acid For Pregnancy: Before, During, After

Folic acid, also known as folate, is a B-group vitamin which is essential for the healthy development of the foetus in early pregnancy. Folic acid is instrumental in preventing neural tube defects (NTDs) – serious birth defects of the spinal cord (such as spina bifida) and the brain (such as anencephaly). Folic acid for


Safety of Pineapple During Pregnancy

Do a quick search on any good internet search engine and you’ll discover just how often pregnant women ask about the safety of pineapple during pregnancy. While some sites attribute this question to an old wives tale, others tell of the dangers of uterine contractions brought on as a result of consuming pineapple. This


Caffeine During Pregnancy

Many of us cannot imagine starting a day without a cup of tea or coffee and for some a can of cola or an afternoon cuppa is like a means to survival! Tea, coffee and cola all contain caffeine which is a stimulant and for many is what kick-starts them into their day and