Organic generation – Mum guidebook
The mothering profession: what you need to know
Pregnancy is a joyful time in a woman’s life, yet is also one of great responsibility. This is because everything that the mother-to-be does during this time will go on to affect the health of her unborn child and even affect how likely they are to have healthy eating habits as an adult. The first one thousand days of a child’s life, from when they are conceived up until they reach two years of age, lay the foundations for that which will not only be the anatomy and physiology of the child, but also their ability to prevent major chronic degenerative diseases typical of adulthood and old age. With this in mind, it is clear then that adequate nutrition during pregnancy and when breastfeeding complete with precious micronutrients serves to foster the correct development of the child and to supply the nutritional intake that will play a role in not only the child’s present, but in their future too.
Thanks to epigenetics we now know that mothers-to-be should also pay attention to environmental factors, such as their exposure to pesticides or pollutants, stress and diet, as they can all effect inheritable changes in DNA that can be passed from mother to foetus. Diet should be healthy and balanced, both in terms of quantity and quality. This means there is no need to eat for two, but instead mothers should focus on eating as best as they can, taking care to choose products according to their nutritional needs, preferably from organic farming that is free from harmful food colourings, pesticides and additives.
Choose fruit and veg that are in season, which come from organic farming and, when possible, from a short supply chain.
Choose products that are not overly processed, paying attention to how much salt, sugar and chemical additives have been added to packaged foods.
Read food labels carefully and use them as the criteria for choosing packaged food: products with too many ingredients should be avoided.
Always choose quality over quantity.
Always follow the expiry dates of products and their storage instructions.