Pregnancy, morning sickness and nutrition
The news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, has generated headlines around the world but, as with Kate’s last two pregnancies, the Duchess has suffered from terrible morning sick – also known as Hyperemesis Grauidarum (HG). In fact, Kate was unable to attend George’s first day at school because of the condition.
What is Hyperemesis Grauidarum?
HG is a debilitating condition that saw Kate hospitalised when she was expecting her first child. While vomiting affects approximately 50% of pregnant women only a small amount, around 1-3% of mothers-to-be, go on to develop HG. It’s the second most common reason for hospital admissions during the first trimester. Symptoms of the condition range from nausea and vomiting up to 50 times a day to severe weight loss and dehydration. It is thought to occur due to all the hormonal changes and usually improves by week 12-14 of pregnancy. Malnutrition can be a side effect of this condition so unlucky sufferers should be advised to contact a nutritionist to help ease them through this difficult time.
Could B vitamins be the answer?
Research has suggested a link between HG and vitamin B6 deficiency. Vitamin B6 plays a role in the formation of haemoglobin, the substance that carries oxygen around the body. It enables the body to use and store energy from food and plays an important role in the detoxification of the liver.
Foods containing vitamin B6:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Nuts and seeds
- Red meat
Other foods to consume:
- Natural yogurt
- Herbal teas
- Soft fruit
- Bone broth
Eat little and often. If an expectant mum can’t keep food down they could try drinking bone broth as it’s packed full of vitamins and minerals and can really help to settle the stomach. It is also a good basis for a soup packed with vegetables. Peppermint and chamomile teas are also good for settling the stomach.
Do supplements help?
It’s always a good idea to take supplements during pregnancy, especially when suffering from a condition such as HG. It’s also well worth seeking advice from a qualified nutritionist.
What’s new for autumn?
The Food Nutritionist is offering support for the different stages of pregnancy in the form of a pregnancy care package:
- Preconception – prepare your body for pregnancy
- Pregnancy – looking after mother and bump
- Prenatal care and breast feeding support – nutrition and support after giving birth
For more information click here for details of my pregnancy programmes
Other services include:
Next week’s blog will look at ground-breaking research into vitamin B3 and miscarriage. So if you’ve suffered the heartbreak of losing a child through miscarriage and are planning another pregnancy, please call or email me to find out more.