Managing gestational diabetes with a healthy diet

Gestational diabetes is caused by high blood sugar developing during pregnancy, which your insulin levels cannot control. It currently effects as many as 18 in 100 women in England and Wales, and puts you at higher risk of type 2 diabetes in later life. If you develop gestational diabetes your baby …

Managing Oedema, fluid retention, in pregnancy with a healthy diet

Oedema is retained fluid that causes swelling, particularly in your hands and ankles, during pregnancy. There are a number of things which contribute to this, including mineral deficiencies, too much sugar and salt in your diet and by your hormone levels changing. Luckily, there are lots of things you can …

Managing insomnia in pregnancy

Unfortunately with a growing bump, back aches, leg cramps, baby worries and frequent visits to the bathroom, it's common to struggle for a good nights sleep when you're pregnant.  But we have a few tips that should help you manage insomnia in pregnancy and sleep more soundly! Eat tryptophan containing foods …

Worried about stretch marks? These foods might help

Obviously your skin has to stretch during pregnancy, to make room for your growing baby.  If your skin is well nourished, the elastin in it should help to slow this stretch. However, sometimes your skin will grow beyond the ability of its elastin. This is when you get stretch marks. They …

Reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia through nutrition

Pre-eclampsia is a serious pregnancy disorder related to problems in the development of the placenta. Around 10% of pregnant women are affected and symptoms include protein in the urine, high blood pressure, swelling (oedema) and headaches. If you are overweight, over 35, carrying twins or have a family history of the …