Writers: Fiona Boyle

Fiona Boyle

Fiona Boyle is a registered dietitian and nutritionist. She runs a private practice and gives nutrition advice to individuals and families to help meet their health needs and personal goals.

Iron in pregnancy

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Iron requirements increase in pregnancy due to the needs of the growing baby and the mother’s increased blood volume. Iron requirements are even higher in the third trimester, when the baby starts to lay down important stores of iron. Continue reading »

Calcium in pregnancy

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Calcium – an essential nutrient in pregnancy

Calcium is important for bone strength. Generally, the calcium needs of the baby during pregnancy are met through the mother absorbing and retaining more calcium during this time. Continue reading »

Constipation in pregnancy

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During pregnancy the altered hormone levels (increased progesterone) affects gut function and this can result in constipation for some people.

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Nausea in pregnancy

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This article on nausea provides you with some really useful nutritional tips for nausea in pregnancy.

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Folate, or folic acid, in pregnancy

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Folate is a B vitamin which women require in increased amounts during pregnancy – to assist with cell division in the baby. Low levels are associated with neural tube defects, which are caused by incomplete development of the brain, the spinal cord or their protective coverings in early pregnancy. Examples of these include spina bifida and anencephaly.

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Good nutrition choices in pregnancy

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Pregnancy is often a time when you stop and consider a number of lifestyle factors to try and ensure you’re doing the best for yourself and your unborn baby. Good nutrition choices in pregnancy are important for the development of your baby. The choices you make will determine how well your body copes with your pregnancy.

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Christmas turkey

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Whether you are the lucky person hosting Christmas dinner this year or not, chances are your fridge will be filled to almost overflowing over Christmas and New Year. Sometimes I think we are frightened the shops will never open again after Christmas, judging by the food buying frenzy we all seem to go on.

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Eating habits

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Have you ever sat down to eat something in front of the TV and then wondered what happened to it? Have you suddenly realised you didn’t even taste it even though you were really looking forward to eating it?

Paying attention to how you eat is just as important as looking at what you eat.

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Calcium and milk

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Osteoporosis is a silent disease affecting more than half of women and nearly a third of men over the age of 60 in New Zealand. World Osteoporosis day in 2010 is being held on the 20th October.

Osteoporosis has no symptoms and the disease offers its victims no warning until it is well established. Often the first sign that you have osteoporosis is when you break a bone. It is mistakenly thought of as a disease only affecting older people.

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Arthritis

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Arthritis week this year starts on the 21st September. According to the Arthritis New Zealand website more than half a million New Zealanders will have arthritis in their lifetime. There are more than 140 different types of arthritis. It can affect people of all ages from babies and toddlers through to adults.

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