The importance of nutrition from family planning up until your baby turns two
Did you know that from pre-conception right through to your baby’s first 1,000 days is considered one of the most significant periods in shaping your child’s future health and wellbeing? So nutritional support before, during and after pregnancy is important in providing your baby the best start to life.
During this period, the environment a baby grows in and the nutrients they are exposed to can influence their growth and development and contribute towards their long-term health.
That’s why Swisse have created the NEW Swisse Ultinatal range. Premium quality formulas for mum, dad and baby. Specifically tailored to provide nutritional support during pre-conception, pregnancy, breastfeeding and infancy*.
Parents-to-be, your health is important!
Before a baby is conceived, the health of their parents plays a role in their wellbeing. While there is a lot of available information for women on how their diet and lifestyle influences conception and early pregnancy, men often don’t realise just how important their role is.
It’s beneficial for both partners to be generally healthy. Swisse can help support you on the first stage of your family journey, with Swisse Ultinatal Men’s Pre-conception Support and Swisse Ultinatal Pre-Conception & Pregnancy Multivitamin. Both are premium quality formulas comprising of nutrients to help support the nutritional needs, general health and wellbeing of men and women respectively.
Nutrition while pregnant
Most of us are aware of the increased nutritional needs of pregnant women, specifically folic acid, DHA, iodine and vitamin D.
The key to getting these nutrients is a healthy balanced diet full of vegetables, lean meat, eggs and fish. You can also choose to support your nutritional needs with a pregnancy supplement, such as the Swisse Ultinatal Pre-Conception & Pregnancy Multivitamin, which can provide additional support in the daily intake of key nutrients during pregnancy.
Support for breastfeeding mothers
A mother’s diet contributes to the quality of her breastmilk, yet it’s easy for new mothers to be so focused on their baby, that they can push aside their own health and wellbeing. It’s important while breastfeeding to ensure you are consuming a well-balanced diet rich in minerals such as calcium and macronutrients like protein and carbohydrates. You can choose to further support your breastfeeding journey with a supplement such as Swisse Ultinatal Pre-Conception & Pregnancy Multivitamin, which can assist with providing key nutrients during the breastfeeding period.
For some women, milk supply can be a big challenge. Creating a relaxing environment is important, as well as expressing and feeding regularly. Keep well hydrated and you may also like to consider a herbal remedy like fenugreek, a herb used in traditional western herbal medicine, which can help increase milk production. Fenugreek is found in Swisse Ultinatal Breastfeeding Support.
Growth and development in babies
In the first two years of life, babies go through an incredible journey of growth, as they adapt to life in the outside world. Nutrition plays an important role in healthy development, yet it can be a challenge to ensure your child is consuming adequate nutrients (as any parent of a fussy eater will tell you!). Swisse has created a range of Swisse Ultinatal supplements – Swisse Ultinatal Calcium Liquid for Baby, Swisse Ultinatal DHA + EPA Liquid for Baby and Swisse Ultinatal Vitamin D3 Liquid for Baby to provide additional support.
Swisse Ultinatal Range…for life’s greatest journey
*Always read the label. Use only as directed. Supplementary to and not a replacement for a balanced diet. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. 0-6 months: exclusive breastfeeding is recommended.