Pre and Post Natal Nutrition

prenatalProper nutrition is vital before, during and after pregnancy. But what are you supposed to eat, what should you avoid, and how much do you need in each stage?

What are the nutritional needs of pregnancy in order to grow and a healthy baby?

The foods you eat and the health status you have plays a vital role in the development of the baby as well as I the likelihood that you, the mother, will be able to carry to full term, have a complication free birth and have a speedy recovery in the post-partum stage. Unfortunately too often the primary birth provider, whether a OBGYN or midwife, may not have time to spend on detailing the specific nutritional needs of pregnancy, and then the mother is left to guess. Stop guessing and let Dr. Bruno, a clinical nutritionist, create a unique prenatal meal plan for you to optimize your nutritional status and increase the building blocks available to your baby.

Contact us for your INDIVIDUAL pre-natal nutrition plan.

Now that baby is here, nutrition is still important!

After delivery the mother still needs to be diligent in regards to their nutritional status, especially if the new mom is breastfeeding. Proper, whole food nutrition, will aide the recovery of the mother as well as help to maintain milk supply and high nutrient levels in the breast milk. Research has also shown that come common infant conditions such as colic, eczema, GERD and restless sleep can be linked back to the mothers diet. We can help mom and baby achieve the right diet to make everyone happy and healthy.

Prenatal Vitamins

Is your prenatal safe and effective to provide all the nutritional needs of pregnancy?

Well, sadly not all prenatal vitamins are created alike, and when you lack nutrients, so will your baby. Let’s sort out some of the problems with a large portion of prenatal vitamins and then we can discuss your best options to ensure good quality and adequate nutrition.

Dr. Bruno’s Prenatal Vitamin Checklist:

Quality – Many prenatal vitamins contain poor quality or synthetic forms of vitamins and minerals which are not as bio-available to your system. For example, calcium carbonate is a lot of time the chosen form of calcium because it is inexpensive. However calcium carbonate is merely chalk and cannot be used by your tissues or to build the skeleton of your baby. A better form of calcium is calcium citrate.

Essential Fatty Acids – many prenatal vitamins only contain the vitamins and minerals, especially if you are taking a “one a day” variety. These do not account for the essential fatty acids which are vital for the health and development of your developing baby’s brain and nervous system.

Iron Overload – the CDC recommends 30mg of iron for pregnant women. Consider that iron is a metal and an oxidant. If you are taking too much iron it can cause constipation, fatigue, headaches, and free-radical damage which can lead to cardiovascular system compromise. Any additional iron should be taken in the natural form of iron-rich foods.

Missing Nutrients – Just like the missing essential fatty acids, there are many prenatals, even the ones prescribed by our OB, which missing key nutrients. Some examples are probiotics, CoQ10 and choline. Research has now shown that children of women who took a probiotic during pregnancy and breastfeeding, have a substantial decrease in food allergies and sensitivities. CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant which help to protect the mothers cardiovascular system and can also increase energy. Choline helps the development of the baby’s brain and nervous system.

Additives – Some prenatal vitamins contain harmful additives such as dyes and chemical preservatives. There are even some brands which have been tested to contain lead and other heavy metals.

Third-party Testing – Supplement companies are not required to comply with the FDA regulations due to the DSHEA act. However a reputable company, many of which only distribute through physicians, will voluntarily comply with all FDA standards, as well as provide you with all tests and studies (completed by independent labs). These studies can verify supplement claims on nutrients, amounts, as well as test for purity.

How complete and safe are your prenatal vitamins? Dr. Bruno can completely analyze your current prenatal vitamin and make recommendations to improve it for the betterment of your growing child.

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