Ask the doc
Is it true that I should not drink too much water during confinement to avoid water retention?
QDrinking sufﬁcient ﬂuids actually helps the body to remove excess ﬂuid, says Associate Professor Tan Thiam Chye, senior consultant at the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Your body starts to retain more ﬂuid from the third trimester of pregnancy.
He also advises mums to drink enough after delivery, especially if you are breastfeeding.
Your kidneys will produce more urine for a few weeks after your baby is born to remove excess ﬂuid that has accumulated during pregnancy.
To manage water retention, reduce your salt intake, drink more water and avoid beverages that have a dehydrating effect, such as coffee, tea and alcohol.
Exercise regularly, too, and elevate your legs whenever possible, Prof Tan suggests.
AWill my milk supply be affected if I become a vegetarian while breastfeeding?
QYou need not worry about this. The nutritional needs of a breastfeeding mother on a vegetarian diet does not differ from that of a woman on normal diet, says Nehal Kamdar, a consultant clinical dietitian in private practice.
Depending on the type of vegetarian diet you are following, your nutritional intake may need to be adjusted to ensure that you are getting adequate calcium, iron, vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.
Vegetarian food sources for calcium include milk, yogurt, cheese, beancurd, broccoli, spinach, nuts, and fortiﬁed products, such as calcium-fortiﬁed soya milk.
For iron, take eggs, green vegetables, beancurd, legumes, nuts and dried fruit. Vitamin B12 is in milk, fortiﬁed soya milk, eggs and fermented soya products, such as miso or tempeh.
As for omega-3 fatty acids, they are found in oil (canola, soya bean), seeds (ﬂax, chia), nuts and legumes (soya beans, lentils).
For vitamin D, take eggs, fortiﬁed milk and get 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure daily.