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Expectant moms want the best for their babies but can feel overwhelmed by the often-contradictory information they receive on what is and isn’t good for them and their baby.

Getting the right nutrients during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding, can help to ensure the best health outcomes for you and your baby, so it is important to be able to differentiate between facts and myths. Diet and appropriate nutritional supplementation play an important role in a healthy outcome for both mom and baby. Research has shown that conditions like excessive weight gain and undernutrition caused by nutrient deficiencies, and gestational diabetes during pregnancy can have a negative and lifelong impact on mom and baby.

“Diet and appropriate nutritional supplementation play an important role in a healthy outcome for both mom and baby.”

Abby Courtenay, a registered consulting dietician from Nutritional Solutions, provides tips below on how nutritional supplementation can help you have a happy and healthy pregnancy:

When should you supplement your diet?

  • If you suffer from loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, supplementing your diet will help you reach your calorie and/or nutrients goals. If you are not consuming enough calories, not gaining any or enough weight, or are carrying a high-risk pregnancy, a nutritional supplement may help to bridge any nutritional gaps.
  • Nutritional supplements which are formulated to contain a variety of nutrients can be used as a great on-the-go option for busy moms who don’t have the time to prepare healthy snacks. These nutrients include a combination of carbohydrates, proteins and fats which will assist to lower your glycaemic response, ensuring that you have sustained energy throughout the day, as well as a host of micronutrients to support a healthy pregnancy.

It is important for you to look after yourself during pregnancy and while breastfeeding your baby – a happy, healthy mom ensures a happy, healthy baby.

Similac® Mom provides an easy and convenient nutritional solution for expectant moms as well as for breastfeeding moms and is available at all major pharmacy groups and selected retail outlets and via online shopping.

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