Improving diet and exercise in pregnancy have been shown to improve pregnancy outcomes and subsequently the health of both mothers and children.
Chelsea McCallum is an Accredited Practicing Dietician with an interest in women’s health, fertility and pregnancy nutrition. Chelsea is passionate about supporting women of all ages to improve their health and has experience in recipe development, corporate wellness, aged care and disability.
As part of Dr McLaren’s Bloom Pregnancy Package, some consultations with our dietician are included.
For your additional convenience, Chelsea is available for Dietitian appointments online.
Patients may be eligible for rebates via Medicare or Private Health Insurance. Chelsea will provide you with nutritional advice and develop recipe and meal plans with you to assist you to achieve the best health outcomes.
Read more about Chelsea McCallum.
There are a number of foods that should be avoided in pregnancy due to the risk of Listeria. Foods to avoid include cold meats, pâté, sushi, soft cheese, soft serve ice cream and unpasteurised dairy foods. For more information see Food Standards Australia
It is important to have a diet rich in iron during pregnancy. Red meat, green vegetables and mushrooms are all rich sources of iron. Your iron levels will be checked during pregnancy and if you are deficient in iron or you are vegetarian, an iron supplement may be necessary. Fefol®, FGF® or Ferrograd C® are all excellent supplements taken once per day with orange juice. If you are constipated, Spatone Liquid® is a good iron supplement to take.
Fish is a rich source of omega three and iodine which is necessary in pregnancy. It is important to be aware of the mercury content of certain fish. If you are unable to tolerate fish in your diet a fish oil supplement may be of benefit. For more information see
A healthy balanced diet can be supplemented by a multivitamin in pregnancy to ensure you are getting the minimum daily allowance of all the essential vitamins and minerals for your baby.
There are a number of commercially available pregnancy multivitamin preparations which you can buy over the counter.
See you pharmacist to check which one is best for you. It is important that the supplement you take is safe for pregnancy.
Vitamin D is necessary for maintaining strong muscles, bones and teeth. It also helps your body to absorb calcium. Vitamin D is contained in some foods, namely sardines, mackerel, eggs, margarine and milk. Many pregnant women are deficient in Vitamin D due to the expanded plasma volume of pregnancy and our limited sun exposure as we work indoors.
Most of our Vitamin D comes from the sun and it is recommended to have a few minutes exposure every day. A simple blood test can determine if you are deficient in Vitamin D and a Vitamin D supplement will be recommended if you are.
Iodine is an important nutrient needed to make Thyroid hormones, which are essential to ensure the normal development of your baby’s brain and nervous system. The NH&MRC recommends that all pregnant women take 220ug of iodine per day and breast-feeding women should have 270ug iodine per day.
The following general food safety tips will help you have a healthy pregnancy:
Your oral health is very important especially with all the hormonal changes of pregnancy. It is important to see your dentist for regular check-ups during pregnancy and to clean your teeth regularly as gingivitis or inflammation of the gums is common.
Bloom Women’s health has precautions in place to help protect us as COVID 19 evolves.
In keeping with the Qld Government guidelines in healthcare settings we ask that both you and your support person where a mask to your appointment, use the Check in Qld app on arrival and practice good hand hygiene using the hand sanitisers provided.
We ask that you contact 1300HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for advice about testing for COVID-19 if you
• Have arrived from interstate or overseas in the last 14 days or
• Had close contact with someone who has arrived from interstate or overseas;
• Are unwell with a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, shortness of breath or loss or smell or taste;
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