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#1 Mon 30 Aug 10 3:24am

The White Rabbit

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From Sydney, Australia
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Food for pregnancy and babies

A topic to talk about foods that are ok in pregnancy and for babies.

In pregnancy a woman's immune system is supressed so she needs to be careful with food safety and avoid some high risk foods to avoid becoming ill or risking a miscarriage (listera poisioning is the food poisoning that can cause this).
http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/con … pregnancy/
I've also read that too much fresh parsley can be an issue because it can trigger early labour, but I'm sure a little is not an issue...maybe avoid tabouli in large amounts.

Breastfeeding - it's good for baby and mum and is also very hard work (especially in the beginning); I've found these sites to be helpful
http://www.llli.org/nb.html
http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/index.html
What the mother eats and takes does transfer into the breastmilk, so check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking anything (http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthT … mp;id=1768). Some people have problems with the baby being unsettled after eating cabbage or other members of the brassica family. Sometimes babies are unsettled with other things the mother eats, like caffeine.
Keep your fluids up!
The other important thing for breastfeeding is support from family in the early weeks when it's exhausting. Having access to a lacation consultant on a 24 hour phone line is also useful. I have also found that having some bottles and formula in the house eases the mind in case everything goes severely wrong at 2am (I've not had to use it but it's a comfort to have). A breastfeeding suitable painkiller and warm/cool packs are also essentials along with pillows to make sure your back is supported. And lastly, if it doesn't work and you've given it a red hot go then it's not the end of the world.

All about feeding of babies http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthT … aspx?p=302

Little kids are building their immune system so care needs to be taken with food safety
http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/con … food/kids/

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#2 Mon 30 Aug 10 4:45am

dmfootycoach

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Re: Food for pregnancy and babies

Great post TWR thumbsup The more info available about this subject the better. thumbsup

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#3 Mon 30 Aug 10 8:04am

TSR

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From Serbia
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Re: Food for pregnancy and babies

Parsley is quite dangerous, especially the root. There's even an old insult here "Idi u peršun! (Go to parsley!)" dating back to the old days when parsley oil was a sort of early morning-after pill. Best avoid it altogether!

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#4 Mon 30 Aug 10 8:45am

BritFinn

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Re: Food for pregnancy and babies

I didn't know that grapes can give your baby diarrhea until I had my second and was sitting happily munching them in hospital.  But I breast fed both of mine, and found that moderation was always the key.....................except when I was in my second pregnancy and couldn't eat enough spicy food and was even know to say to my husband "these aren't as hot as they normally are" when eating chillies straight from the jar!  Didn't do my son any harm or maybe it explains a lot, I'll have to think about that.  But given that after he was born I was back to putting yoghurt with anything too spicy I think you just have to follow what your body tells you both before and after your baby is born.

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#5 Mon 30 Aug 10 9:53am

The White Rabbit

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Re: Food for pregnancy and babies

TSR wrote:

Parsley is quite dangerous, especially the root. There's even an old insult here "Idi u peršun! (Go to parsley!)" dating back to the old days when parsley oil was a sort of early morning-after pill. Best avoid it altogether!

I'd not heard that.

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#6 Mon 30 Aug 10 12:57pm

koukouvagia

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Re: Food for pregnancy and babies

Parsley is dangerous?  I had no idea!

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#7 Tue 31 Aug 10 1:25am

The White Rabbit

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Re: Food for pregnancy and babies

koukouvagia wrote:

Parsley is dangerous?  I had no idea!

I heard about it early in my pregnancy, but it's hard to find information on it so I avoided it anyway. Now the parsely has taken over the vege patch

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#8 Tue 31 Aug 10 1:38am

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: Food for pregnancy and babies

Great work on this thread White Rabbit! smile

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#9 Tue 31 Aug 10 1:39am

The White Rabbit

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From Sydney, Australia
Member since Tue 22 Jun 04

Re: Food for pregnancy and babies

No probs

A link for checking if the medicine prescribed to you is ok for breastfeeding http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT

But you should always discuss with your doctor and pharmacist.

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#10 Tue 31 Aug 10 5:05pm

Earthmum

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Re: Food for pregnancy and babies

Good thread White Rabbit.

I fed all three of my children for the first 6 weeks.  With my first all was OK until then when my milk just went, hubby phoned the midwife who came out to see me, and nothing, I just dried up !!. She was a lovely lady and helped me get through what I felt was the worse time of my life, I felt I had let my little boy down ( MIL didn't help ease this pain ).  When I had my 2nd, I stopped at 6 weeks, I couldn't o through it again.  Then when my daughter was born I had so much I was expressing into bottles for the prem babies in the hospital, this was great for 8 weeks then - gone.  It happen so fast, fed, laid baby down, tried next feed and gone.

What I am trying to say is, everyone is different, and in the long run you must do what is best for you and your baby.

That said, in the weeks I did feed, I found ginger (mother to eat  tongue ) is great for colic, and Savoy cabbage leaves inside your bra works for mastitis (spelt right ?)

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