Even before becoming pregnant, your diet and lifestyle choices can play a role in your baby’s future health – even influencing their health as adults. Making some simple changes now can really help to get your pregnancy off to the very best start.
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“Created by my mum as a way to disguise spinach, this soon became my favourite dinner. I have yet to serve this up to someone who doesn’t love it!”
Jessica Schram, Paediatric Dietician, Dublin.
Makes 8 Spinach Rolls; Serves 2.
Tip: Serve with seasonal salad.
The importance of brain development in the First 1,000 Days is reflected in the extent to which the brain uses the energy consumed by infants.
“It is often difficult to meet iron requirements in pregnancy, immediately after birth and in a toddler’s diet. This recipe provides a good source of Iron while also providing extra nutrients by adding vegetables to the sauce.”
Fiona Dunlevy, Senior Paediatric Dietician, Dublin
A classic dish rich in Iron and Vitamin C and great for the whole family!
NOTE: This recipe is for the planning pregnancy stage. Smoked salmon is not suitable during pregnancy. This recipe can also be eaten while breastfeeding.
Many Irish people enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a nice strong cup of tea in the afternoon to keep us going, but both will contain caffeine — something that’s not so good for your baby while pregnant, and may even affect your chances of conception if you drink it in large quantities.
Remember, it takes two to make a healthy baby, so now is the time to get both of you on board to do a quick MOT of lifestyle, diet and exercise habits. Maybe there are some small changes you can both make together to improve your chances of conception and give your future baby a head start on the road to a lifetime of good health. There is lots of evidence now linking the Dad-to-be’s health and dietary habits with his sperm quality — healthy sperm will help to programme the baby for a long and healthy life.
Makes 4 burgers