Research evolving in recent years have demonstrated that optimal nutrition in the first 1000 days of a child’s life, from conception to the child’s 2nd birthday, is critical for growth and brain development. What happens during the first 1000 days window can have a profound impact on the child’s long-term health.
During pregnancy, our body undergo numerous physical and hormonal changes which can impact on your nutritional needs. You will have increased requirements for certain nutrients such as carbohydrates, folate, iron and iodine. Maintaining a nutritious diet will ensure that your baby receives adequate nutrition for growth and development and reduce the risk of birth defects. Eating well during pregnancy will help you to maintain your energy levels and achieve adequate weight gain.
Women suffering from morning sickness, constipation, reflux or fatigue may struggle to consume adequate nutrition. Our dietitian will work closely with you to ensure that you are not missing out on key nutrients.
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We provide a one-stop-shop service for women with pre-existing diabetes or gestational diabetes. Our dual-qualified Dietitian & Diabetes Educator is highly skilled in the management of diabetes during pregnancy and she will work closely with you to maintain good control. Poorly controlled diabetes can increase the risk of miscarriage and lead to complications such as maternal high blood pressure, having a large baby and risk of hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) in the newborn.
The initial session with the Dietitian & Diabetes Educator at OFW is conducted within a small group setting. We will cover dietary management strategies and blood glucose monitoring. After the initial session, you will attend individual review sessions with the Dietitian & Diabetes Educator and she will offer individualised support and monitoring regularly.
Your nutritional needs changes again to meet your demands while breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a physically demanding process and your body requires an extra amount of energy (~2000 kJ). Other nutrients such as protein, calcium, iron, iodine, zinc and vitamin B are an important part of the breastfeeding mother’s diet. Our Dietitian will help you to understand the best dietary pattern for lactation and provide you with the latest research recommendations on ways to reduce the risk of allergies whilst breastfeeding your baby. She will also provide support with the elimination diet if your baby has allergies or intolerances.
This is also often the stage when women start to restrict their diet to lose their ‘post-baby body’. It is crucial that you do not fall into the trap of following any fad diets or restrictive diets that can compromise you and your baby’s nutritional needs. Our Dietitian can work with you to determine the best diet to help you lose weight gradually without compromising on your dietary intake.
When is it the best time to introduce solids to your baby?
What foods do you introduce and how much?
What can I introduce if there is a strong family history of allergies?
Is Baby Led Weaning or Spoon Feeding the best approach?
Help!! My child refuses to eat any meat or veggies.
These are some of the commonly asked questions our Paediatric Dietitian can help you with. She will help you cut through the confusion around introduction to solids and empower you with the skills and confidence to provide your child with optimal nutrition. We strongly believe that every child and family is different so we strive to provide you with individualised, practical information and strategies to succeed with feeding.
Our Paediatric Dietitian is an accredited SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Therapist and applies the Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility in Feeding model when working with fussy eaters and difficult feeders. She is passionate about helping to reduce the mealtime stress for families and creating a positive mealtime experience.