A healthy diet in early pregnancy ensures that you and you baby are provided with sufficient nutrients and energy to maintain optimal health and development. In recent years the scientific community has provided vast amounts of research, which supports the notion that maternal nutrition and overall wellbeing is the key to adult life health . Scientist have begun elucidating mechanisms under which nutritional stimuli can directly effect gene expression in the developing embryo. Perfect Start's Nutritional and Therapy services are designed to work with your body and your lifestyle to help achieve optimal developmental outcomes for your child.
Women who remain relaxed and keep a positive frame of mind throughout their pregnancy and labour are less likely to have babies who are restless sleepers. Mum's to more relaxed babies tend to be more relaxed themselves, therfore are less likely to suffer from post-natal depression and related stress disorders.
During your pregnancy you body goes through a lot of important changes to help you cope with the demands of your growing baby. From simple changes in your lifestyle such as drinking more water you can help prevent urinary tract infections. Other dietary changes such as increasing Folate and Choline consuption can help prevent developmental issues in your child such as spina bifida.
Research that has been ongoing since the 1980s has established what is now known as the DOHAD hypothesis. Researchers and nutritionists are now aware of how certain specific nutritional stimuli can permanently affect gene expression rendering genes specific to a range of bodily functions permanently switched on or off in the unborn child.
Your diet in pregnancy can certainly affect the speed at which you recover from labour. Your state of mind can also have a powerful effect on your rate of recovery. Women who maintain a healthy diet full of iron and other essential nutrients such as essential amino acids have the right things their bodies need to repair themselves as quickly as possible.