Women’s Health

WOMEN'S HEALTH

What you eat in the time leading up to conception, during pregnancy and what your child eats in the first two years of their life has a profound impact on their long-term health. 

This is known as the first ‘1000 days’ window. 

Nutrition during the first 1000 days is critical as it provides the essential building blocks for your child’s brain development, growth and immune system.

Foods to avoid when breastfeeding . Foods to avoid when breastfeeding

This is not the right time to be experimenting with different diets, you need a nutrition expert and we are here to support you.

Pregnancy Nutrition

Eating well during pregnancy and knowing what foods to avoid when breastfeeding can have a positive impact on your health and the health of your baby for many years to come. Consuming a nutritious, balanced diet is the best way of caring for you and your baby. 

What you eat during pregnancy is crucial, as it provides the main source of nutrition for your baby. Having a nutritious diet can reduce your risk of pregnancy complications and premature birth. During pregnancy, your body undergoes a range of physical and hormonal changes. These changes increases your nutrition requirements to meet the demands of you and your baby’s needs. You may feel hungrier and experience an increase in appetite, but you will not need to ‘eat for two’. 

How We Can Help You

You will find all sorts of information on pregnancy nutrition on the internet. Some of these information can be confusing and generic. Every individual is different – that is why we will work closely with you to support you through pregnancy so that you and your baby can have the best possible headstart. We offer practical, evidence-based advice using the latest research, tailored to your individual needs. These are some of the information we cover:

  • Understand the recommended weight gain during pregnancy
  • Meet your nutrition requirements during pregnancy
  • Pick the right pregnancy supplement and dosage
  • Manage food cravings to avoid excessive weight gain
  • Manage morning sickness
  • Learn about food safety
  • Reduce risk of gestational diabetes and other pregnancy complications

Give your child the best possible headstart

Maternal & Breastfeeding Nutrition

Having a nutritious, well-balanced diet is essential for new mums to help with recovery after birth and while breastfeeding. Good nutrition is key whilst breastfeeding to provide all the essential nutrients for your baby to promote good health. Knowing what foods to avoid when breastfeeding can help your baby to be more comfortable if they suffer from colic, irritability or reflux.

Having a new baby can be overwhelming and exhausting. As mums, we often put the needs of others first and forget about looking after ourselves. It is easy to go for takeaways and reach for high sugar, high fat snacks when you are tired and sleep deprived. Unfortunately, these foods will probably end up making you feel more tired. But don’t worry, we will show you how you and your family can eat well whilst caring for your newborn.

We do not promote extreme diets for weight loss after pregnancy. Don’t put yourself through the torture of dieting with the expectation of looking like one of those celebrity mums a month after giving birth. Research has recommended that you return to your pre-pregnancy weight around six months after the birth of your baby. We will help you to lose those extra kilos when you are ready using evidence-based methods. 

Food allergies or intolerances is common in babies, with approximately 50% of newborns experiencing some form of gastrointestinal problems such as reflux, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation or colic. The paediatrician or your doctor may have suggested trialling a dairy and soy free diet to manage these issues. There is so much information out there, so where do you start? Charlyn is a specialist in dietary allergies and intolerances so she can help you understand what foods to avoid when breastfeeding and still maintain a nutritionally adequate diet.

How We Can Help You

  • How to maintain a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet whilst breastfeeding
  • Ways to enhance your breastmilk supply 
  • How to improve your energy levels and feel better
  • Lose your pregnancy weight at the right pace
  • Assess if changing your diet can help with your baby’s colic or reflux
  • How to maintain nutrition adequacy if your baby has allergies or intolerances

Let us help you and your family live a healthy and nourished life

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a hormonal condition that affects 1 in 8 women in Australia. Some of symptoms associated with PCOS are ovarian cysts, acne, irregular or absent menstrual cycle, unexplained weight gain, excess facial and body hair and scalp hair loss. PCOS affects fertility and it can impact on mood and sleep quality. 

One of the key aspects of PCOS management is maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. Eating a nutritious and well-balanced diet whilst being physically active can assist with weight loss and reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It can also have significant health benefits such as improved fertility, regulate menstrual cycle and increased energy level.

How We Can Help You

At SDC, we have a wealth of knowledge in providing nutritional advice and support to women. We will spend time to get to know you, understand your needs, provide support and accountability. We offer practical strategies that are easy to understand and implement. We can help you with understanding:

  • Ways to reduce your risk of PCOS
  • What to eat to manage PCOS effectively
  • How to boost your fertility
  • Regulate your appetite
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
  • Maintain optimal blood glucose 
  • Types of exercise for PCOS
  • Other lifestyle factors to consider

Learn how to manage PCOS and live an optimal life