Pregnancy may be the most important nine months of a woman’s life. It’s during this time that a balanced, nutritious diet is not only essential but vital to the health of both the mother and the baby.
Even after conception, the six or so months of breastfeeding play a massive role in protecting against various conditions. Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of obesity and chronic diseases in later life, making it all the more important to ensure you meet your recommended daily intake with the food you eat.
While many believe eating well during pregnancy for your baby’s health and development means eating extra food, the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care says, “eat for you, not for 2”.
Expecting mothers should therefore be seeking out nutrient-rich food that satisfies their cravings. While the best food to eat when pregnant is, without a doubt, fruit, vegetables, legumes and lean meat, you’d be surprised to learn that milk powder for pregnancy is another viable option for supplementing your diet.
Beyond a balanced diet and regular exercise, A2+ NATUREDAY Milk Powder is the optimal choice to meet your daily needs for both you and your baby. Discover how our Dairy Plus Fuel can benefit your pregnancy.
A Healthy Pregnancy
Although the need to eat for two is a pregnancy myth, pregnant women may need extra food to provide nutrients for their baby's growth during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. During this time, expecting mothers should eat more vegetables, lean protein and whole grains daily. They should also be substituting healthier options wherever possible, e.g. swapping ice cream for yoghurt or white bread (rice or pasta) with wholegrain alternatives.
Eat These During Pregnancy
Curious about what to eat when pregnant? Health Australia provides nutrition advice and a list of food you should eat during pregnancy.
Iron: Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, tofu, beans, nuts (½ serves of meat or meat alternatives)
Fibre: Bread, cereals, rice, noodles (mostly wholegrain, high fibre options - 8½ serves a day)
Vitamins and Minerals: Fruit, Vegetables, legumes (ideally two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day)
Calcium: Milk, milk powder, cheese, yoghurt and alternatives (mostly reduced fat - 2½ serves per day recommended.)
To incorporate all of the above into one healthy meal, Health Australia recommends the Rainbow Plate method: eat plenty of different coloured fruit and vegetables for a nutrient-rich diet for you and your baby.
Don’t Eat These During Pregnancy
What can’t you eat when pregnant? We all know that consuming alcohol and smoking harms your baby's health. However, there are plenty more things pregnant women cannot eat or drink.
Raw or undercooked meats can give you an infection called toxoplasmosis.
Raw or undercooked eggs can cause salmonella food poisoning.
Limit certain fish products. Smoked salmon, uncooked seafood, pre-cooked prawns and sushi. It may contain listeria (listeria, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella are rare but can cause severe complications in pregnancy).
Limit large fish like sharks, marlin and swordfish. These fish contain mercury that can affect your baby’s brain and nervous system development.
Deli meats, soft cheeses, pâté and soft-serve ice cream may contain listeria, a harmful bacteria.
Limit caffeine to 1 to 2 cups of coffee or 4 cups of tea per day. Avoid double-shot espresso and caffeinated energy drinks.
Limit unhealthy food. High saturated fat, added sugar and salty foods.
Essential Nutrients For Pregnant Mothers
Eating healthy is good for you and the baby. Here is a list of the essential nutrients you need during pregnancy.
Iodine: brain development
Folic acid: blood formation and cell building
Vitamin D: calcium and absorption and bone health
Iron: brain development and energy levels
Calcium: bone strength and development
Vitamin B12: nerve and brain development
Protein: blood supply and tissue growth
The Benefits of A2+ Milk For Pregnancy
Eating healthy daily can be a challenge, especially for pregnant mothers. If you’re concerned about getting enough nutrients for you and the baby, it’s time to consider supplementing your diet with NATUREDAY A2+ Milk Powder.
NATUREDAY goes far beyond the nutritional benchmarks of mainstream milk and other milk powders on the market to improve bone health, optimise intestinal health, and boost immunity. Whether it's supplementing your diet during pregnancy, providing much-needed nutrients for the elderly, or as a milk substitution in your coffee, NATUREDAY A2+ is the optimal choice to meet your daily nutritional needs.
Easier To Digest
Although humans have been drinking milk for thousands of years, only 35% of the human population can digest lactose beyond childhood. The significant difference between A2 milk and mainstream milk is how its digested.
Regular milk contains the A1 beta-casein protein found in milk - which makes up a third of the protein in mainstream milk products. Once consumed, the A1 protein is converted into BCM-7, a compound linked to digestive discomfort. A2 milk products, like NATUREDAY, do not contain the A1 protein, making our milk powder much easier to digest than regular milk.
And because A2 protein is closer to human breast milk, it’s even easier on tummies young and old.
Boosts Your Gut Immunity With 1.7 Billion Probiotics
Inside your gut - your microbiome - there are approximately 100 trillion microorganisms, performing various vital functions from fermenting dietary fibre to helping absorb minerals like calcium.
The diversity of your gut microbiome is significant. Primarily determined by diet, in addition to other environmental factors, low levels of diversity are seen in diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, some forms of arthritis, diabetes, eczema and obesity.
Probiotics, for example, are living microorganisms that can provide health benefits to your microbiome by supporting the body’s natural functions. After analysing 313 trials and 46 826 participants, researchers revealed a range of beneficial effects of probiotic supplementation.
Milk already contains three probiotics, each with various health benefits. There are Lactobacilli which helps improve the absorption of essential nutrients, Lactococcus for antibiotic resistance and Bifidobacteria, an already popular probiotic in digestive supplements.
Seeing how these naturally occurring probiotics already positively impact a person's microbiome, NATUREDAY decided to take things up a notch with two pharmaceutical-grade probiotics from DuPont - Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFMTM and Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 to improve gut health and optimise nutrient absorption.
And with 1.7 billion probiotics in each glass of A2+ milk, pregnant mothers are guaranteed to get the nutrition they need.
A glass of A2+ Powder Milk contains:
72% of an adult’s daily recommended calcium intake
Vitamin D3 and Vitamin A for assisting calcium absorption
8.4g of protein, which is the equivalent of 1.4 eggs, 50g of meat or 420g of spinach
a dual combination of HOWARU Lactobacillus acidophilus and NCFM + Bifidobacterium HN019 for healthy digestion and natural immunity
Vitamin E and C help eliminate free radicals and enhance immunity
Magnesium for maintaining bodily functions
And best of all, it tastes better than mainstream milk.
Unlike other milk powders, which lose almost all their flavour during dehydration, NATUREDAY A2+ milk powder maintains its delicious taste thanks to our genetically verified A2 KiwiCross cows from New Zealand. Living in a bovine wonderland - with uninterrupted views of New Zealand countryside - our NATUREDAY cattle roam free, eat natural ryegrass and drink mineral-rich lake water. Our selective farming ensures higher quality milk with a healthier balance of Omega-6, Omega-3, β-Carotene, Vitamin E and Lactose Protein.
And to guarantee flavour and nutrition, only 1 in 8 cows receive the NATUREDAY seal of approval.
Just one glass of NATUREDAY A2+ Milk Powder is all it takes to supplement your diet during pregnancy. Experience Dairy Plus today, the ideal fuel for pregnant mothers. Or, as NATUREDAY mastermind Dr Vijaya Rajendram says, it’s “the ideal solution for restoring microbiota and gut health, as well as supporting you with protein, calcium and vitamins.”