Eat­ing for two

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PARENTING -

MED­I­CAL & Sci­en­tific Af­fairs man­ager at Danone Dumex Malaysia, Tan Ee Ping, a nu­tri­tion­ist by train­ing, an­swers ques­tions on nutrition dur­ing preg­nancy.

“There is a com­mon thought that once the doc­tor says ‘Con­grat­u­la­tions! You’re preg­nant’, you start chang­ing ev­ery­thing – your life­style, eat­ing and sleep­ing habits.

“The truth is once you and your part­ner de­cide to start a fam­ily, you have to start chang­ing your life­style and eat­ing habits be­cause you wouldn’t know when you would get preg­nant.

“A gen­eral rule is to start lead­ing a healthy life and eat­ing healthily three months be­fore you’re ac­tu­ally preg­nant. That is how long it takes to store up the nu­tri­ents in your body,” says Tan.

She an­swers more ques­tions on nutrition dur­ing preg­nancy at ParenThots.

Fo­cus on the Fam­ily

Par­ents are very re­luc­tant to spank their chil­dren these days. We are told it is wrong, it will teach the child vi­o­lence and can pos­si­bly turn the child into a vi­o­lent per­son. Is there any truth to this?

Dr James Dob­son shares his thoughts on the sub­ject.


Mum Hsiau Wei writes about her son who was born pre­ma­ture and how heart­break­ing the first few months were.

If you have a preg­nancy or par­ent­ing story to share with oth­ers, email it to parenthots@ thes­

DVD re­view

This week, we re­view The Bad Mother’s Hand­book which stars Cather­ine Tate, Hol­l­i­day Grainger and Robert Pat­tin­son.

If you like a good movie with a plot, love the in­tri­ca­cies of the mother-daugh­ter re­la­tion­ship and like Bri­tish hu­mour, then you’ll love this. Fans of Pat­tin­son, be warned; he is not the main star in this DVD.

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