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Nutrition in Pregnancy

Feeding and caring for your unborn child needs careful consideration.

Optimal nutrition is essential for normal growth and development of the foetus and health of the mother. A diet balanced in all essential nutrients, tastes and colours utilising fresh vegetables and fruits, organic when possible, free range meats, poultry and eggs and wild sea fish is a safe starting point. During pregnancy, vitamin and mineral supplementation is helpful and may be necessary in some cases. We recommend consulting your practitioner about safe forms of folic acid and iron.
Eating right for your baby will minimise the inflammatory response, optimise nutrients and wellbeing during pregnancy.

Testing for homocysteine and methylation ability is important for prevention of Down's syndrome in high risk patients. The incidence of Down's syndrome and autism can potentially be reduced by lowering homocysteine and balancing methylation before and during pregnancy.1,2.

Contact Greenfields for a consultation to discuss your nutritional requirements, whether you are in the planning stage or during your pregnancy.

  1. Rosenblatt DS. "Folate and homocysteine metabolism and gene polymorphisms in the etiology of Down syndrome" Am J Clin Nutr October 1999 vol. 70 no. 4 429-430. Full free text.
  2. Rogers EJ. "Has enhanced folate status during pregnancy altered naturalselection and possibly Autism prevalence? A closer look at a possible link." Med Hypotheses. 2008 Sep;71(3):406-10. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2008.04.013. PubMed PMID: 18514430. Abstract only.