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Pregnant women tasked to ensure proper nutrition

By Nelson Kiva

Added 27th April 2019 12:03 PM

Vicente Oboth, a community nutrition educator with St. John Ambulance, says a woman food and drinks during pregnancy are her baby's main source of nourishment.

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Mother brings her twins for immunisation at a medical camp organised by St John Ambulance at Butembe landing site along Lake Victoria. Photos by Nelson Kiva

Vicente Oboth, a community nutrition educator with St. John Ambulance, says a woman food and drinks during pregnancy are her baby's main source of nourishment.

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Proper nutrition during pregnancy is not only important for mothers but also crucial for the yet to be born babies.

Vicente Oboth, a community nutrition educator with St. John Ambulance, says a woman food and drinks during pregnancy are her baby's main source of nourishment.

He recommends that a pregnant mother should eat a variety of healthy foods with every necessary nutrient a baby needs for growth and development.

Oboth, while training over 100 women and men in proper nutrition at Butembe landing site along Lake Victoria in Buikwe district, tasked women to establish vegetable gardens to ensure that they are able to have greens as part of their meals.

 “A woman who is pregnant is supposed to feed well; her diet should be balanced with greens, nutritious porridge from soya bean, eggs, carbohydrates, and proteins. This enables them to deliver healthy babies.

 The pregnant mother who does not feed well is always in danger of having little blood and this could result in birth complications or sometimes delivering underweight children,” Oboth explained.

 adijah asuna a resident of utembe grows pumpkins and she claims the leaves are very nutritious Hadijah Nasuna, a resident of Butembe grows pumpkins and she claims the leaves are very nutritious

 
The training coincided with a medical camp organized by St. John Ambulance where over 500 residents were treated of different illnesses.

Under a programme dubbed Mama na Mwana, Oboth disclosed that women were being provided with seeds of vegetables in order to boost nutrition in their homes, more especially targeting pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

“When we go to check on the women to sensitise them about delivering in health facilities and family planning, we also check on their vegetable gardens on top of general crop gardens to ensure that they have proper food in their families,” he said.

He added: “We appeal to men to support their wives in production of food and to ensure proper nutrition in homes to ensure healthy families.

Hadijah Nasuna, a resident of Butembe grows pumpkins not only for the fruit but also for their leaves (Sunsa), which she claims are very nutritious and that its better for all families to make Sunsa part of their dish.

“Its leaves are very nutritious for a pregnant woman. Some of the women in this area have planted pumpkins and other small green gardens,” Nasuna said. This according to Nasuna has effectively boosted proper feeding in the area.

According to Nasuna, they grow a lot of food in the area since they have fertile soils.

Sarah Kalende, 38, remarked: “I appeal to other women on top visiting and delivering from health facilities, they should feed well in order to deliver healthy babies.”

 During pregnancy, the goal of eating nutritious foods most of the time according to nutritionists is to maximize prenatal nutrition.

They recommend five food groups: fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and dairy products. 

Pregnant women should focus on fruits and vegetables, particularly during the second and third months of pregnancy.

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