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Eating Habits • Avoid eating on the run! Although the hurried pace of life might make this difficult, it is probably one of the most important cornerstones of healthy eating in pregnancy! • Listen to the rhythms of your body - some people are natural ‘grazers’, requiring small but more frequent meals throughout the day. • Do not eat when it feels as if food from a previous meal is not yet fully digested. This will cause indigestion. • Try and have the main meal of the day over the midday hours as often as possible as this is when digestive activity is at its strongest and therefore uses food to the best advantage. • Include foodstuffs from all the colour groups Mother Nature provides, most days of the week, and you will go a long way to achieving a balanced diet. • Eat healthily 90 per cent of the time, and relax a little at other times, as far as possible, avoiding those ‘treats’ that contain no-no’s - caffeine, tannin (in tea) and excess sugar (soda drinks, sweets and chocolates). • An exclusively fruit diet might bring about radiant health for many people, while others do best on cooked meals. • Some moms-to-be find that they cannot start eating before 11 o’clock in the morning and that is fine too. • Chew your food thoroughly, remembering that digestion starts in the mouth - you will find that the symptoms of indigestion will decrease correspondingly. • Try eating an amount that you consider too little to completely satisfy you, wait twenty minutes and then see if you are still hungry - this is a sure way of discovering whether one is eating simply for reasons of lust or from real hunger. • It is best not to drink large volumes with a meal - liquid passes through the stomach rapidly and will wash food along with it too. This also dilutes gastric juices, impeding digestive function. • The body’s natural excretory cycle is in the early hours of the morning - eating foods at this time that support the process can be very helpful. Fruit, which has a very high water content (which in turn stimulates kidney function), is ideal. • Support your bowel’s natural cycle by making unhurried time each morning in which to heed the call of nature. • Drink a mug of hot water first thing in the morning if you bowels are sluggish. Low Blood Pressure • Low blood pressure and anaemia are frequent triggers and both are treatable, so have these checked. • Low blood pressure with dizziness and occasionally feeling faint or even fainting, in pregnancy is very common. • Low blood pressure is often accompanied by insufficient iron stores in the body and this too can cause dizziness and fainting. • Low blood pressure in pregnancy is far less problematic than high blood pressure, but if one is very dizzy and fainting occurs, mom or baby might be injured.


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