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From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

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We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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A Guide to Good Eating During Pregnancy – Second Trimester

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Hopefully, by the second trimester you are starting to feel a lot better. Chances are your appetite has returned and for many mums the second trimester is the most physically comfortable. You will notice changes in your appetite and your weight may start to increase over this time as your baby grows.

1. Healthy eating and important nutrients for the second trimester

Healthy eating principles continue into your second trimester. A healthy and balanced diet  during your second trimester is particularly important to ensure you are consuming all the nutrients you and your growing baby need. A healthy and balanced diet includes three main meals and a range of healthy snacks where required. A healthy diet includes:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Wholegrains, cereals and bread
  • Dairy – milk or milk alternative that contains added calcium, cheese and yoghurt
  • Lean meat, poultry and fish and/or alternatives such as legumes and tofu

You should be looking at a small adjustment that will see you obtaining an additional 1400-1500 kilojoules a day – a nutrient dense, small meal or snack. Snacks may play an important part of your diet, particularly if you experience nausea into your second trimester. Aiming for around 2–3 snacks per day is a great way to boost your nutrition. Excellent snacks include:

  • Fruit (aim for 2 fresh fruits per day)
  • Cut up vegetable sticks with some homemade hummus dip
  • 15–20 grams of unsalted nuts including cashews, walnuts and almonds
  • 40g hard cheese with wholegrain crackers
  • 150–200g yoghurt (no added sugar)
  • Muesli bar (no added sugar)
  • Mashed avocado on a slice wholegrain bread

It’s important to remember that excessive weight gain during pregnancy can have adverse health outcomes for both mum and baby. Keep on top of your weight gain and check with your midwife or obstetrician regularly to ensure you are gaining the right amounts at the right times during your pregnancy. You may continue your usual pregnancy supplement and key nutrients to consider include:

  • Iron: Generally speaking, the key nutrients required in pregnancy remain the same during this trimester as the first – with a focus on iron and calcium. If you eat red meat aim to consume a small 100g serve of lean meat at least every second day – and if you are feeling particularly tired, have your iron levels checked for deficiencies. For vegetarians – who are used to absorbing their iron from sources other than red meat – there is less concern about low iron levels. Remember that eggs, legumes such as baked beans and lentils, and wholegrain breads and breakfast cereals are relatively good sources of iron for vegetarians.
  • Calcium: While you do not need extra calcium at this time – as the body becomes even better at absorbing it during pregnancy – be sure you are enjoying at least three serves of calcium rich foods each day. Milk, yoghurt and cheese are good sources and soy milk is perfect for non-milk drinkers. If you are a fan of the relatively new range of nut milks, keep in mind they contain far less calcium than dairy milk. As such you may need to ensure you are getting the 1000mg you require each day from other sources such as almond, sesame seeds, figs, tahini, sardines, tinned salmon, tofu and broccoli.
  • Omega 3: Trimester two presents a great opportunity to increase your consumptions of omega 3 fats. A high intake of omega 3 during pregnancy has been shown to help support brain development – improving cognitive development and increased fine motor skills of children. There is also evidence  to suggest that the consumption of Omega 3 DHA during your pregnancy may help to prevent pre-term birth. Pre-term birth is defined as less than 37 weeks. A baby born before this time is not considered fully developed. This may have impacts on their cognitive function as they grow and develop. Foods rich in omega 3 fats include salmon, sardines and fresh fish. While it is important to be aware of not eating too much tinned tuna and large ocean fish – such as swordfish – tinned salmon and white fish can be consumed two to three times each week. Walnuts, soy and linseed bread, and omega 3 enriched eggs are other good sources along with a pregnancy supplements containing fish oil.

2. What is healthy weight gain during the second trimester?

Once you reach the second trimester, you can expect to gain weight which will be dependent on your Body Mass Index (BMI) before becoming pregnant. Below provides a guide on the recommendations for weight gain in pregnancy and the rate of weight gain recommended in the second and third trimesters based on pre-pregnancy BMI

Source: NHMRC 2013 based on IOM 2009

3. How do you manage food cravings?

So far, you’ve probably thought pregnancy was all about being super tired (not to mention nauseated), but there’s something new to experience now. With the nauseated feeling gone and your appetite back you can now enjoy food again. Hooray! The second trimester is often the time when pregnancy cravings kick in. These cravings can be anything, from apples and pineapple to strawberry shakes and chocolate cake. For the most part, as long as you’re eating a balanced diet the cravings are harmless, but sometimes these cravings are strange. If you’re craving non-food items be sure to stop and think before you eat. If you find your cravings are getting the better of you, talk to your midwife, obstetrician or dietitian.

Why do cravings happen?

Around 90% of all pregnant women will experience food (and non-food) cravings but the cause of this remains unknown. Many believe it’s to do with hormones, but science is yet to tell us an accurate answer. Whether you agree or not, paying attention to your cravings and their meanings could be worthwhile. In the case of a chocolate cake craving, too much cake is obviously not a great idea, so you could try ceasing the craving by eating other magnesium-rich foods such as whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds and green vegetables such as spinach. The reality is that there’s no scientific evidence to explain pregnancy cravings, but whatever the reason, it pays to stay on top of them. Indulge in the healthy cravings and find alternatives for the not-so-healthy ones. Most cravings and aversions are more interesting than serious, and for the most part, can be indulged in moderation. Some ways to beat sweet cravings:

  • Homemade chocolate chip muffins, using nuts, seeds, berries and cocoa powder
  • Scones with no added sugar jam or conserve
  • Fresh fruit and yoghurt
  • No added sugar ice-cream with fresh fruit

Summary: During the second trimester, several changes are experienced from change in appetite, reduced nausea and changes in your energy levels. Healthy eating remains key to maintaining a healthy pregnancy and helps to manage healthy weight again in this period. Cravings and weight gain are quite normal over this time and these can be balanced by ensuring you follow a balanced diet that is full of variety.

General Tips:

  1. During your second trimester continue to follow healthy eating principles
  2. Try to include some physical activity into your daily routine, and monitor your weight closely
  3. Continue with your pregnancy supplement and seek advice from your doctor if you experience unusual symptoms such as extreme lethargy to determine if you have any nutrient deficiencies that can be corrected under medical advice

Disclaimer: The content of this document is solely for educational purposes and should not be substituted for medical advice. You are solely responsible for forming your own opinions and conclusions on such matters and for making your own independent assessment of the information. Please consult your doctor if you are concerned about your baby’s health.

About the author

Marisa Nastasi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian for Bellamy’s Organic. She specialises in children's nutrition and has recently completed further studies in paediatric dietetics. She has worked in the industry for 8 years and has developed a strong working knowledge on how good quality diets can benefit the health of children so that they can develop to their full potential.

Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.