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Feeding your baby after birth

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:59 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

At least for the first 4 months after the birth of your baby, you should not feed your baby solid food. Breastfeeding is good for you and your baby. It provides essential nutrients to aid in the growth of your baby and helps you lose weight.

When you breastfeed it creates an emotional bond between you and your baby, which is good for the mind and soul.

Gentle exercise is good for mothers and babies, during and after birth

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:59 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Doing light to moderate exercise while you are pregnant helps to improve your breathing, fitness, strength, flexibility, sleeping pattern, stress levels and blood circulation.

It may make your labour shorter and may reduce your risk of pregnancy complications, such as high blood pressure and increased levels of blood sugar.

Physical exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight after you have given birth.

Healthy eating for mom and baby

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:58 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Eat healthy balanced meals throughout the day. The amount of food and the type of food that you eat is directly linked to the health of you and your baby. Eating healthy meals helps your baby grow and keeps you in good health.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Eat 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch & supper) and snacks in between meals.

You should gain the correct amount of weight for your body type during your pregnancy

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:57 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

"Eating for two" is not necessary and could lead to extra weight gain and complications for you and your baby.

Too much weight gain during your pregnancy can lead to serious heart problems for you and your baby.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Visit your health care worker or doctor regularly when you are pregnant.

Make a note of your weight gain.

A healthy diet and good exercise can protect your baby's heart and make your baby healthy in life

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:55 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Healthy food and gentle exercises during pregnancy can protect your baby's heart. Being healthy when you are pregnant can help stop your child from being overweight or getting diseases, such as high blood pressure or high blood sugar (diabetes), later in life.

When you drink alcohol it goes into your blood and is transported to your baby

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:55 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

When you drink alcohol, your baby drinks the same amount of alcohol as you do.

If you drink alcohol while pregnant, it reaches your unborn baby via your bloodstream and the placenta within 20 minutes. Alcohol can seriously harm your baby.

Do not drink any alcohol when you are pregnant. It is not safe.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Talk to your health care worker or doctor about giving up alcohol.

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