Advices during the pregnancy
For both your baby’s and your own health we would like to give you the following advices:
•Do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages .
•Restrict the amount of liver and/or liver containing products such as paté you eat.
•Do not eat raw or rare meat such as raw steak and filet americian.
•Do not eat raw pre-produced fish.
•Do not eat raw shellfish, such as oysters, shrimps.
•Do not use cheese made of raw milk(‘au lait cru’).
•Eat fiber rich food.
•Make sure you rest enough, but do not cut walks and exercise.
•Do not clean your cat’s litterbox and refrain from touching sand from communal sandpits
•When you enjoy gardening, make sure to wear gloves when doing so.
•Wash vegetables thoroughly before eating them.
•Don’t use any medication before consulting us or your family doctor about using them.
During the pregnancy it is important to eat a healthy and well balanced diet. There’s no need to start “eating-for-two” however the opposite, losing weight during your pregnancy or when you are still breastfeeding isn’t advised either.

Toxoplasmose
Toxoplasmosis is a parasite that can infect you. This infection can be easily avoided by not cleaning your cat’s litterbox. We advise you to wear gloves when gardening, to not eat raw meat and thoroughly wash vegetables before eating them.

Listeria
Among others, the listeria-bacteria resides in soft cheeses made of raw milk. Some examples of these types of cheeses are camembert, brie and rochefort. Listeria also resides in pre-produced and vacuum-sealed fish and smoked salmon.

Vitamin A
Meat made from organs, such as liver, contain an high density of vitamin A. This is harmful to the development of the skull and sternum of the baby. Fresh vegetables and fruit are important sources of minerals and fibers. However it is important to thoroughly cleanse the vegetables. Patatoes, whole wheat bread, rice and pasta’s are also important energy sources.

Milk, cheese, eggs, meat, chicken and fish are key sources to the mother and the unborn baby as they provide the needed calcium and proteins. Butter provides in the need for both vitamin A and vitamin D.

Fish
Recent empirical studies show that eating any kind of fat fish once or twice a week has a positive effect on pregnancy results. Some examples of fat kinds of fish are tuna and salmon.

Anaemia
You can prevent anaemia by eating a healthy and well-balanced diet. Make sure that with each meal you take in vitamin C through sources such as fruit and freshly made fruit juice to increase the intake of iron into your blood. The use of coffee, tea and milk products during meals is discouraged as they have a negative influence on your iron intake.

Medicines, alcohol and narcotics
The use of (certain) medications while your pregnant can harm the unborn child, especially in the first trimester but also thereafter. Therefor we strongly suggest you to refrain from any use of medication. When it is vital for you to take medication please only do so after approval from either your family doctor of us.

Any medication that we prescribe has been researched about the (harmful) side effects they may cause to pregnant women. Using paracetamol of rennie will not cause any harm to you or the baby, however you are allowed to consume only a maximum of 6 paracetamols per 24 hours.

Smoking
Smoking while pregnant provides a great risk to the pregnancy and your unborn child. Cigarettes contain ingredients which lessen the perfusion of the placenta and with that, less oxygen to your child. This may also cause the growth of the child to slow down. The birth-weight of babies born to mothers which smoke is of below average. Mother’s who smoke have a larger chance of delivering pre-term and often the birth-weight of children born to smokers is below average. Thus causing the child to be more vulnerable.

During the first years of their lives these children are more likely to suffer diseases. Sudden infant death syndrome is also more common to be found in a family of smokers. We strongly suggest you to quit smoking. Your family doctor can provide tools to help you with this. Like smoking, the use of alcohol can be harmful to the baby. This will also cause the baby to be physically and mentally less developed.

For additional information see the leaflet Pregnant! and voedingscentrum