Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Recent News | 0 comments

Sagam Community Hospital is excited to announce that we will be starting a blog mini-series on maternal health, in partnership with AIHT and our current Ob-Gyn consultant, Dr. Jennifer Makin. We will be doing a series of educational posts to help ensure that the Sagam community can take all the necessary steps towards a positive pregnancy. This week, we are discussing Nutritional Interventions. Nutritional interventions cover dietary recommendations, lifestyle choices, and necessary supplements. For dietary interventions, the WHO recommends all mothers-to-be receive counseling on their diet as soon as they find out they are pregnant. It is important to discuss your diet with your clinician so they can get a good understanding of the nutrients you and your baby are getting. Maternal weight should be monitored throughout pregnancy. If you are within a normal weight range, Kenya Guidelines recommends gaining 12-15 kg in pregnancy. If you are underweight then an increased weight to 18 kg is recommended, and if you are overweight 7 kg is recommended.  Our clinicians at our OB clinic, held every Tuesday, are a great resource for learning more about what nutrients you and your baby need in order to keep you both as healthy as possible. Sometimes, based on your current diet, your clinician may suggest that you increase your protein or energy intake. Increases of these in your diet can benefit your baby in preventing a low birth weight and even the risk of stillborn death. Your clinician can provide you with suggestions of high-protein foods to add to your diet and can work with your available resources to make sure you and your baby have access to the correct nutrients. Recommended List of Locally available snacks (300 kCal) for Pregnant Women Snacks Fruit Chapati with oil (1) Orange (1 medium size) Mandazi (2) Guava (2 medium sizes) Sweet potato (1) Mango (1 small) Scone/bun (2) Papayas (⅕ medium size) Ugali (1 cup) Banana (3 small) Potatoes (3 pieces) Watermelon 2 small slices Porridge thick (2 cups) Berries 1 cup Arrow Root (2) medium size   Roasted Groundnuts 1 packet Roasted simsim Milk Fresh/Fermented Dietary recommendations are often based on how active your lifestyle...

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