So, I’m a bit late to the party with this one! *sigh*
I went to this amazing event towards the end of the last year and you might recall seeing some of my photographs on social media but I never actually wrote it up because, well, I’ve been really short of time recently but…as it was such a wonderful little gathering and I had SUCH a great time, I thought I’d share some of the information I learnt about on the evening together with some recipes/photos if you fancy a read?
When Lily was smaller, we were invited over to the Food at 52 Cooking School in London by Nutrimum and we happily hopped on the train to Waterloo to pop in to town and try out some energy-boosting and nutrient-rich recipes perfect for expectant mums/new mums and babies.
Lily was a delight on the train, charming everybody with her smiles and chomping on jam sandwiches for most of the journey. When we got to Waterloo, I had a quick wander around Foyles and bought her a cuddly tiger (you know that one that came to tea that time?) and a cute little pram book because she’d just been so good.
When we left the station, it started absolutely throwing it down with rain so instead of doing our usual touristy bits, we headed straight over to Clerkenwell instead to find the location and have a coffee until the weather calmed down.
Oh, but it didn’t stop (!) and we ended up camped out at this lovely little cafe for most of the afternoon until we ready to pop next door for the event. We didn’t mind, lots of coffee for mama, milk for Lily and cake for us both. You can’t complain at that can you? 😉
At the event, we were looked after by THE loveliest PR lady I’ve ever met – Sophie Kinsella – and we made friends with some of the girlies from Mother & Baby and Gurgle magazines amongst others such as Clemmie Hopper, midwife and author of the popular blog ‘Gas & Air’ and Petra from ‘A Mum Reviews’.
Clemmie hosted a quick Q & A about general food myths whilst pregnant and breastfeeding and then we heard from Lucy Jones, an expert dietician who’s worked with big names such as family-favourite chef Jamie Oliver, about the importance of early-life nutrition (it’s so important for our little ones not to miss out, especially in those first 1000 days)
Then we went downstairs to the beautiful cooking area. It was such a boho, artisan space – the dream kitchen!
We whipped up a yummy breakfast meal of greek-style scrambled eggs on toast with feta and greek yogurt, a filling lunch of lemon and herby chicken salad and trout fillets with toasted pine nuts for dinner. So scrummy (and went down really well with the wine I was knocking back!)
Lucy Jones (@FoodWhispererRD) put these beauties together and here’s the links if you fancy trying them yourself…
So, what did I learn?
Well, did you know that…
– You should be having 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day whilst pregnant or breastfeeding? It plays a key role in building and maintaining strong bones/teeth for both baby and mum.
– It’s a good idea to increase your iron intake during pregnancy? Iron is known to support normal blood formation and the normal function of the immune system.
– I didn’t have a clue about iodine either! Iodine is really important (especially during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy) as it contributes to our babies’ brain development and normal cognitive function.
– Omega 3 (DHA) has a big role in the brain and eye development.
– Lastly, vitamin A is a big no-no during pregnancy as it can pose a potential health risk to unborn babies.
Nutrimum’s pregnancy range contains all of the above (well, apart from the vitamin A of course) together with the recommended daily intake of folic acid (this can reduce the risk of neural tube defects) to support expectant mums.
I also picked up some gems from Clemmie during her myth-busting FAQ.
She says that:-
– There is no evidence of an increased risk of allergy if you eat nuts during pregnancy and infact, they say that the more you eat, the lower the allergy risk.
– I always thought sushi was off the menu but apparently it’s usually OK as most sushi is frozen first which should kill any parasites.
– Tinned tuna is NOT a source of Omega 3 but fresh tuna is. We shouldn’t have more than 2 portions a week though due to the mercury levels it may contain (during pregnancy).
– Raw shellfish should be avoided as it poses a risk of food poisoning but cooked shellfish should be OK.
– I really missed my dippy eggs when I was carrying Lily and I was right to avoid them as the white and yolk should be completely solid to avoid the risk of salmonella. However, a lot of eggs now carry the Lion stamp which means that the chicken has been vaccinated and there is a much lower risk.
– The caffeine limit in pregnancy covers only 2 instant coffees or 1 filter coffee – let alone the caffeine in chocolate and other products! Too much caffeine is linked to a low birth weight or premature baby.
– I didn’t have any pepperoni pizza when I was being Lily’s human incubator but I bloody could have! Yes, supermarket cured meat is usually frozen first so it’s actually OK.
– Soft cheese is perfectly safe if it’s pasteurised. Bring on the philly!
Lily and I had the BEST day with Nutrimum and we’re so thankful to them for hosting the event, helping me to polish up my cooking skills and dishing out some useful tips for my next pregnancy and to support Lily’s weaning journey.
Do you use Nutrimum products?
Have you ever been to the wonderful Food At 52 Cookery School?