The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
Herbs and tonics will boost your baby’s intellect
While the health benefits of herbs and tonics are widely discussed, there’s no evidence to support this claim.
However many herbs – raspberry leaf, stinging nettle, ginkgo biloba – do contain a variety of essential micronutrients vital for brain development:
So go ahead and consult your doctor for the green light before taking them, ensuring you have enough proteins, carbs and essential fats too. But don’t expect a baby genius (unless it’s in your genes!).
You should avoid sushi and sashimi
Danger lurks in raw fish and shellfish, as well as fish with high levels of mercury.
Harbours parasitic worms and bacteria that make you ill.
Contains viruses and bacteria that induce food poisoning.
Interferes with your baby’s brain development.
But you don’t need to cut out sushi and sashimi completely since fish offers many health benefits.
Be cautious:POpt for freshly prepared, well-cooked fish; avoid mercury-rich fish such as tuna, mackerel, sea bass and yellowtail.
Papayas can cause you to miscarry
Eating excessive amounts of green papaya can be unsafe in pregnancy, but small amounts of the ripened fruit are fine.
Unripe papaya = high concentration of latex, which can cause uterine contractions.
Fully ripe papaya, however, is packed with many vitamins and minerals – vitamin C, B vitamins, folate, potassium, copper and magnesium.
Eating dark foods will make your baby’s skin darker
Your baby’s skin tone is determined by genetics.
Babies have dark skin due to higher levels of melanin, so don’t stop enjoying the dark stuff – soy sauce, coffee, tea, chocolate, dates and more.
When it comes to the foods you should be eating during pregnancy, don’t believe everything you hear. Enjoying a healthy, well-balanced diet – with added vitamins – is the best way to go.
P.S. Bird’s nest, tofu and soya milk will not lighten your baby’s skin pigmentation, either!
Pregnancy diet tips
Ensure every meal includes foods from the 4 main groups:
Support your diet with nutritious maternal milk like Frisomum Gold which contain essential nutrients for both mum and baby.