1. “I’ve read that it’s OK to eat sushi or raw fish if it has been frozen. Is this true?”
Regardless if it’s been frozen before, it’s not recommended to eat raw fish whilst pregnant or breastfeeding, due to the risk of food-borne illnesses.
2. “I tested negative on the toxoplasmosis test, meaning I have never had it before. Do I need to cut out fresh fruits and veg to limit my risk of getting it?”
I don’t recommend cutting out fruit and vegetables whilst pregnant. However, I do recommend you wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly, and buy organic where possible.
3. “Can I ‘eat for two’ now I’m pregnant? ... Please?”
Not quite! Throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding, you need approx. an extra 250-300 calories per day. However, this will depend on if you are carrying multiples and on how active you are.
4. Is there anything you can eat to help with breastfeeding and milk production?
Keep hydrated; water is important for lactation. Mum needs to make sure she is getting enough water per day, no less than eight glasses per day. It’s been suggested that Fenugreek seed is a good galactagogue for inducing lactation, used in Ayurveda medicine.
Alexandra Chaston is the head nutritionist at Glenville Nutrition Centre, The Retreat Palm Dubai Hotel.