Nutrition and lifestyle
Now that you are pregnant, you no longer only have care for yourself but also for your child growing in you. That is why it is important to live healthy and to take certain things into account. We will discuss these recommendations with you during the information evening about pregnancy and during your first check-up. Via this link, you will find all the information and advice about nutrition and lifestyle during your pregnancy.
If you eat healthy and varied during pregnancy (daily vegetables and fruit) and eat fish at least twice a week, it is not necessary to take other vitamins in addition to extra vitamin D and folic acid. If you don’t eat vegetables and fruit every day, and/or don’t eat fish twice a week, then you should take pregnancy vitamins (with omega 3 and vitamin D). It is important to choose a vitamin preparation that is specifically for pregnancy. Too high vitamin A content can be harmful to your unborn child and the pregnancy preparation, therefore, contains less vitamin A.
From a minimum of 4 weeks before and up to 10 weeks after conception it is important to take folic acid (0.4 mg per day). The use of folic acid reduces the chance of a neural tube defect (for example spina bifida/open back). If you haven’t used folic acid and have a positive test then start right away!
Vitamin D makes sure to absorb calcium from your diet. Calcium takes care of building and maintaining strong bones and that is extra important for you and your baby during pregnancy. The advice of the Health Council for pregnant women is to use 10 micrograms extra vitamin D per day and to be outside for at least 15 to 30 minutes per day. If you have a dark skin color, wear covering clothing or are veiled, it is best to take 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day extra, because being outside for 30 minutes is not enough to absorb sufficient vitamin D.
Smoking and passive smoking is harmful before, during and after pregnancy. It is therefore important for both parents to stop smoking. It affects the fertility before pregnancy, smoking increases the risk of a miscarriage and complications during pregnancy and increases the risk of cot death after delivery. If you want to stop smoking and this is difficult for you, please let us know so we can help and think along with you.
Use of alcohol before pregnancy for both parents can affect the fertility. It is important that you stop drinking alcohol during pregnancy, because it is harmful to your child.
The use of medication before and during pregnancy can be harmful to your child. This also applies to medication that can be obtained from the drugstore without a prescription. Do you have a pregnancy wish or are you pregnant, discuss this with your doctor or specialist so that medication use can be adjusted to your pregnancy.
Certain substances can be harmful to the fertility or to your child. By this we mean toxic substances, chemicals or radiation. Therefore, avoid coming into contact with harmful substances or take extra safety measures. You can find more information about harmful substances via this link.