Pregnancy: Taking care of yourself gets your baby off to the best possible start in life as well as ensuring that your baby will have a happy, healthy mother…

During pregnancy you will require a slight increase in the quantity of food you eat, and an improvement in the quality of food you eat. Pregnancy is an ideal time to improve eating habits. After all, you’re a parent now and eating well is an essential responsibility. The bond you’ve already begun to develop with your baby growing within you, and the anticipated arrival of your new bundle of joy, will be a wonderful motivation to make wise decisions.

The brain of the developing baby grows more rapidly in the womb than during any other stage of the infant/child’s development. Thereafter the brain continues to grow rapidly during the first year of life, tripling in size by baby’s first birthday!

Conclusively, it is essential for a pregnant and lactating mother to supplement her diet with brain-building nutrients, primarily the omega-3 fatty acids. Fish and flax oil are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Requirements include one tablespoon of flax oil daily, or about 113g of tuna or salmon three times a week in order to achieve essential values. Nutritionists commonly recommend that pregnant and lactating women take 200mg of a DHA (omega-3 fatty acids) supplement daily, as it may be difficult to consume the food sources with these nutrients as recommended.

mumomega™ is a unique supplement combining specific omega-3 and omega-6 long-chain fatty acids that are important before, during and after pregnancy for both mother and baby.

Mothers who are well-nourished during pregnancy:

  • Have fewer difficulties with morning sickness, constipation, fatigue, heartburn and muscle cramps
  • Experience fewer cravings for high-fat, high-sugar foods of little/no nutritional value
  • Are less likely to develop pregnancy complications, such as anaemia, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, premature birth, or birth to a baby with a low birth weight
  • Experience an easier labour, with fewer complications
  • Manage to lose extra weight gained during pregnancy after delivery of baby, and
  • Experience less post-partum depression or baby blues.

Good nutrition during pregnancy also results in healthier babies who:

  • Are a healthier weight at birth
  • Are less likely to experience complications during and immediately after birth, including birth defects, and
  • Are less likely to experience developmental delays.

Infant brain development

Omega-3 is fundamental to the foundational development of your baby’s brain, eyes and nervous system. In order to ensure the essential supplementation of omega-3s, you will learn that correct nutrition is really what counts!

Recent research studies show that getting enough of this vital nutrient can increase your baby’s IQ, support longer quieter periods of sleep, and decrease the depressive symptoms commonly experienced by new mothers’ post-partum.

eye q™ baby is a food supplement that delivers the specific omega-3 and omega-6 long chain fatty acids, important for a baby’s healthy development through early childhood. These essential fatty acids are nutrients that cannot be produced by the body, and can only be supplied from the diet.

During breastfeeding, the baby receives the essential fatty acids through its mother’s breast milk. After weaning or post-breastfeeding, it is particularly important that they are in constant supply during the first two years of life, when brain development is most rapid. Supplementing with eye q™ baby will help maintain essential fatty acid intake recommended by leading nutritional authorities.

eye q™ baby is suitable from six months, once baby is weaned, up to three years of age.

The products are available at all Dis-Chem, Clicks and all leading pharmacies nationally.

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