A PR event by Abbott Nutrition, 3 August 2011

During pregnancy, the mother’s body undergoes many physiological changes that increase the need for nutrients for both mother and child. A complete and balanced diet that contains the adequate amount of nutrients is essential for the growth and development of the unborn baby. Post-pregnancy for a lactating mother, good nutrition can further support the nutritional quality of breast milk.

Dr. Peter Chew, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Peter Chew Clinic For Women, and Mr. For Wei Chek, Dietetics Manager at Mount Alvernia Hospital, who were present at the event also stressed the importance of maternal nutrition, and how it can greatly change the genetic materials of the baby.

Dr. Chew explained how a mother’s diet can contribute to long-term health consequences. “It is critical that maternal nutrition is taken seriously, especially more so for those who are expecting or breastfeeding, as it will affect their unborn child… If food choices are limited or not easily available, mothers should consider nutrition supplements that offer the same dietary value.”

Mr. For added on, to how there is no truth in ‘eating for two’ or doubling the amount of food and calories intake when mothers are expecting. On the contrary, doing so may promote excessive weight gain or over-indulgence in certain food types and lacks certain key nutrients. “What expecting and lactating mothers need to do is to adopt a well-balanced diet which includes variety of foods from every food groups. They should also increase their fibre and vitamins intake from fruits, vegetables and whole grain products; and calcium intake from low fat dairy products or high calcium foods.”

The New Similac Mum with Advance EyeQ Plus®, by Abbott Nutrition, is specially formulated to support the nutritional needs of pregnant and breastfeeding mums. By far, it has the most complete* and lowest in fat* maternal milk supplement for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

*Among maternal milk supplements in Singapore as of Jun 2011.

Similac Mum with Advance EyeQ Plus® 900gm is available at all leading supermarkets and pharmacies.

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