Our latest articles about diet and preconception, pregnancy, and new motherhood 

Pregnancy nutrition

You (and your baby) are what you eat 

"This pregnancy, I want to learn to eat what's best for my baby and to feel good in myself, too." Healthy eating when you are pregnant is important—a balanced diet (plus a supplement that contains folate and iodine) is essential for good health...

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The new Australian Dietary Guidelines for pregnancy – what’s changed? 

Healthy eating when you are pregnant is important—a balanced diet (plus a supplement that contains folate and iodine) is essential for good health, as well as for your growing baby. Early in pregnancy, the quality of your diet can influence how your baby's organs develop...

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Pregnancy nutrition – how do you shape up? 

Healthy eating when you are pregnant is important – a balanced diet is essential for your good health, as well as that of your growing baby. In pregnancy, there are amounts and types of food that are recommended to eat each day to get all the nutrients you and bub need...

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What happens in the first 9 months can last a lifetime – understanding fetal programming 

Have you read anything online about ‘fetal programming’? No, this isn’t about how children are very good at using iPads! Fetal programming can also be referred to as ‘developmental origins of health and disease’ or 'DOHaD'...

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Going against the grain – What are you missing out on if you go grain-free in pregnancy? 

Grain foods have received a lot of unfavourable attention recently.  Many popular diets label them ‘high carb’ or ‘unhealthy’ and promote removing them from our diet. However, there is very little evidence that going grain-free will be anything but troublesome...

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Why am I told to avoid so many foods in pregnancy? 

Sometimes it can feel like the list of foods to avoid in pregnancy is longer that what you are allowed to eat. Due to changes in a woman’s immune system during pregnancy, you are more susceptible to food poisoning...

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Have you heard the latest news about nutrition and allergy? Introducing the National Allergy Strategy 

Allergic diseases are an increasingly important chronic disease and public health issue in Australia and other developed countries, especially over the last two decades. This is leading to an increased demand for medical services and costs of care...

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Weight gain

Pregnancy weight gain – why just setting a number is the wrong conversation 

Weight gain in pregnancy – it’s a hotly debated topic. Whether we post about it on our Mater Mothers’ Facebook page or discuss it with our antenatal clinic staff we get some strong opinions and concerns...

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The Mater Personalised Pregnancy Weight Tracker©: taking the guesswork out of healthy pregnancy weight gain

What is the Mater Personalised Pregnancy Weight Tracker©? The Mater Personalised Pregnancy Weight Tracker© is an evidence-based resource developed to support healthy lifestyles during pregnancy...

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The Mater Personalised Pregnancy Weight Tracker ©: an evidence-based resource that takes the guesswork out of healthy pregnancy weight gain

The Mater Personalised Pregnancy Weight Tracker ©: an evidence-based resource that takes the guesswork out of healthy pregnancy weight gain. What is the Mater Personalised Pregnancy Weight Tracker?...

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Morning sickness

A dietitian’s diary of managing morning sickness 

Elated is an understatement to the feeling of finding out that I was pregnant. And of course being a dietitian, I began planning my meals and snacks to optimize my nutritional intake and ensure I could be as healthy as possible for my growing baby...

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Gestational diabetes

Making sense of gestational diabetes mellitus: diagnosis and diet 

What is gestational diabetes? Gestational Diabetes Mellitus ( GDM ) is a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. It is diagnosed following a 2 hour Oral Glucose Tolerance Test ( OGTT ) at around 26 to 28 weeks of pregnancy...

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Slow carbs, not low carbs - the role of glycemic index in fertility 

Carbohydrates have been a hot topic of conversation over the last few years in relation to many different areas of health. Did you know they can play a big role in improving your fertility? What is the link between carbohydrates and glycaemic index?...

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Help! I’ve got gestational diabetes and my blood glucose readings are high 

What is gestational diabetes? Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in the blood is too high. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy...

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Understanding the link between gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes 

Women with poorly controlled blood glucose levels are at much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (permanent diabetes) after pregnancy. This risk increases further when women do not follow a healthy lifestyle...

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For new mums

Mater’s Nutrition for New Mums: turning the knowledge into know-how 

It is important to make good food choices as a new mum. Eating well will help ensure you are receiving all the nutrients you need to produce good quality breast milk to nourish your bub. It will also keep your energy levels up to help you look after your growing baby...

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Fertility/PCOS

Priming your body for pregnancy 

It is well know that nutrition  during  your pregnancy is very important, but many of us tend to forget that our habits and diet before falling pregnant can affect our baby’s health at birth, as well as for their entire lifetime...

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Food, fertility and you: Adopting a healthier lifestyle is a positive change you can make when undergonig a fertility treatment 

What eating pattern should I follow in preparation for pregnancy? To ensure you get all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you need to help prepare your body for pregnancy, you should include foods from all food groups in your daily diet...

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Can changing my diet help my Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? 

What is PCOS? Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects 12 to 21 per cent of Australian women in their reproductive years 1 . This is due to hormonal changes. This syndrome is linked to a range of health issues for affected women...

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