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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

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

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

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

Making better food choices during pregnancy not only helps to protect the health of your growing baby but also helps to keep you feeling your very best during this transformative time. Choosing good, healthy foods gives you all the essential vitamins and nutrients you need to support your pregnancy and to avoid becoming ill and potentially harming your baby. In order to support a healthy pregnancy, it’s important to avoid processed food or ‘junk food’ as well as become aware of other foods and products that carry the risk of making you and your baby sick.

Foods to avoid during pregnancy

Expectant mothers have to pay close attention to the foods they eat in order to avoid consuming harmful foods and beverages. There are some foods that should be consumed occasionally, while others should be avoided completely.

Ok to eat occasionally – with caution

Processed cheese, cheese spreads, cottage cheese, cream cheese

Dairy foods such as cheese are important because they provide calcium and other nutrients your baby needs. Some cheeses however are best consumed occasionally. These include processed cheeses, spreads and cottage or cream cheese. If you do choose to eat them, make sure that they have been stored in the fridge and eat within 2 days of opening the packet.

Custard

Store-bought and homemade custard can be consumed, provided you eat within the expiration or use-by date and it has been stored safely in the fridge.

Eggs

Always cook eggs thoroughly before consuming and avoid cracked or dirty eggs. Cooking your eggs all the whites and yolks are solid reduces your risk of salmonella food poisoning.

Leftovers

Eating leftovers is a great way to reduce food wastage, but be sure that any leftovers you eat have been covered and left in the fridge and then consumed within a day.

Canned food

It’s safe to eat canned fruit, vegetables, lentils etc. but make sure that it is consumed within a day after opening.

Hummus

Consume store-bought or homemade hummus within 2 days of opening or making fresh.

Fish

If you do eat seafood, choose fish that is low in mercury and make sure that it is cooked before eating. Also, stick to just 1-2 servings of fish a month to ensure you’re getting the vital omega-3 fatty acids which are important for your baby’s growth.

Meat

Only consume meat that has been cooked so that it is steaming hot with no traces of pink or blood. Avoid eating rare meat and processed or pre-packaged meat.

Foods to avoid completely

Processed or uncooked meats

As previously stated, meat should only be consumed if it is cooked to at least 75°C and eaten straight away. Rare meat, undercooked or processed meats should be avoided completely since uncooked meat carries the risk of infection from bacteria which can threaten the health of your unborn baby and potentially lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or neurological diseases.

Raw eggs

Eggs that have been eaten raw may be contaminated with Salmonella which can lead to vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and fever. Keep wary of foods that contain raw eggs such as homemade or homestyle mayonnaise, lightly cooked eggs, poached eggs, salad dressing, homemade ice-cream and cake icing and batter.

Pate

Avoid all types of pate including vegetable pates and liver products, as they can contain harmful Listeria. These products also contain high levels of vitamin A which can harm your baby.

Raw seafood and ready-to-eat prawns

Raw shellfish, store-bought sushi, and seafood that hasn’t been properly cooked, handled or that contain high levels of mercury should be avoided entirely. Raw seafood can contain bacteria or parasites that may affect the mother or both mother and baby.

Soft cheeses

Some types of cheeses should be avoided while pregnant. These include mould-ripened soft cheese such as brie or camembert. Blue-veined cheeses should also be avoided as they can contain Listeria, a bacteria that can harm your baby.

Raw/unpasteurised milk

Drink only pasteurised or UHT milk (also known as long-life milk). Raw milk should be avoided completely. If raw milk is the only milk available, make sure you boil it first to get rid of any potential Listeria contamination. Other dairy products to avoid include soft serve or fried ice-cream.

Pre-packaged salads

Pre-prepared salads or fruit salads, including those found in a buffet bar, may carry a higher risk of Listeria contamination so it’s best to make a salad fresh from your own ingredients. Rockmelon and bean sprouts or raw sprouts should also be avoided, as they also carry a higher risk of Listeria contamination.

Foods to eat more of during pregnancy

Overall, aim for a healthy and balanced diet while pregnant. Ensure that you are covering all the 5 food groups, and focus on eating a healthy amount on:

  • Vegetables and legumes
  • Bread and cereals
  • Milk, yoghurt and cheese (just ensure you choose milk that is pasteurised and avoid soft cheeses)
  • Meat, poultry and fish (provided they are cooked thoroughly and prepared safely)
  • Fruit

These food groups contain vital sources of protein which help your baby to grow, while fruit and vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals as well as fibre, which aids digestion and supports a healthy body. Carbohydrates found in bread, cereals, oats, pasta, noodles, potatoes and cornmeal provide an important source of vitamins and fibre and help to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

You will most likely notice that you feel more hungry than usual, but you don’t have to ‘eat for two’ (even if you are expecting twins!). Ensure you’re having frequent yet small wholesome meals throughout the day, especially a big breakfast as this can prevent a drop in sugar levels which leads to snacking and overeating.

Key nutrients that support a healthy pregnancy

While most of the key nutrients & vitamins you need can be found in the food you eat, you may need a supplement to ensure you’re getting all the right nutrients. These include:

  • Iron: Pregnancy can deplete a mother’s iron stores, and low iron levels in pregnancy have been linked to premature birth and low birth weight. Aim for 27mg a day of iron through a mixed diet of animal and plant foods.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C promotes healthy gums, teeth and bones and also helps your body to absorb iron. You can get your Vitamin C from citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes and strawberries. Aim for 85mg daily.
  • Vitamin D: Build your baby’s bones and teeth as well as help your body absorb calcium with Vitamin D. You should get 600 international units (IUs) a day through exposure to sunlight, fortified milk, and fatty fish.
  • Vitamin B6 and B12: Vitamin B helps form red blood cells and maintains your nervous system.
  • Folate (Folic Acid): Folate is a B vitamin that is needed for your baby’s healthy growth and development. You should be taking 400 micrograms of folate daily before you fall pregnant, and during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy to reduce the risk of neural tube defects.

Additional products to avoid

In addition to certain foods, there are also additional products or things to avoid while you’re pregnant. The most important ones to avoid completely include:

  • Alcohol: Not drinking alcohol is the safest way to protect your baby. Whether you’re planning on getting pregnant, are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid alcohol completely.
  • Drugs: Pregnant women should avoid drugs. In addition, they should not take any drugs medicine without consulting with a doctor first. These substances can be particularly harmful to your baby and may decrease their chance of survival.
  • Tobacco/smoking: Ideally, a pregnant woman should quit smoking before pregnancy and avoid tobacco during and after pregnancy to protect the health of their baby.

Bellamy’s Organic Pregnancy Formula is a premium formulated supplementary food carefully crafted to support the health of mothers, pre, during and post-pregnancy.

It provides nutrition to support maternal wellbeing and foetal development, including DHA, GOS & FOS, helping mothers and expectant mothers meet the additional nutritional requirements of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Bellamy’s Organic Pregnancy Formula is set to launch in Singapore next year. Do follow us on our Facebook and Instagram @bellamysorganicSG for the latest news and updates!

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Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • Breast milk is the best for babies. The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age-appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
  • The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. According to recommendations from the Singapore Health Promotion Board, solid food should be given to babies only after 6 months.