Nutrient Requirements For The Third Trimester

In the third trimester of pregnancy, you’re entering the last stage of pregnancy and the birth of your baby is getting close. While many of your baby’s organs have now developed, a number of nutrients remain important for these last three months for the optimal growth of your baby, as well as to help prevent complications during and after labour.

Nutrient Why It’s Important


Probiotics are beneficial during each trimester. One of the most significant is Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG). When taken at a dose of 20 billion live bacteria each day, LGG has been shown to support healthy immune development in infants and children that leads to a reduction in eczema symptoms, such as itching and sleeplessness, as well as a reduction in certain allergies. This probiotic strain may be of particular help when taken during the third trimester and during breastfeeding (or to the infant direct) in high-risk children from atopic families.

Essential Fatty AcidsDuring the third trimester your baby’s brain increases in size. Omega-3 essential fatty acids, such as DHA, help your baby’s brain and eyes develop during pregnancy.


Maternal iodine is transferred to the baby during the latter half of pregnancy for the synthesis of thyroid hormones and is required for further development of the baby’s
central nervous system.


Iron deficiency may occur during the third trimester. Reduced iron levels can contribute to fatigue and a decreased resistance to infection. Severe iron deficiency may effect preterm delivery and/or low birth weight. Iron levels are usually routinely tested in the later stages of pregnancy.


Lactation is a time when demand for choline is especially high. Choline is needed for brain development and production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in cognition and healthy mental functioning.


Vitamin D

Taking supplemental vitamin D during the third trimester of pregnancy may decrease the risk of vitamin D deficiency in newborns.

What About Dad?

Within 90 days your baby will join you and your partner on the ‘outside’. This is a really important time not just for mum, but also for dad. Diet, exercise, stress management and sleep are the building blocks of how dads can remain fully fit and energised for the exciting, but busy, times ahead.
These simple yet effective strategies are often overlooked when life gets turned upside-down by a new baby. Many of dad’s nutritional requirements may be obtained through a good quality wholefood diet; however, for optimal wellbeing,


Naturopathy Can Help With the Following Childhood Conditions

Fiona provides tailored health plans based on a multitude of factors relevant to your child’s symptomology (how they are feeling), pathology (how their body is responding), plus dietary and lifestyle factors.

  • ✅ Digestive complaints – constipation, diarrhoea, loose stools, pain or bloating
  • ✅ Allergies and allergic conditions – such as asthma, eczema or hayfever
  • ✅ Poor Immunity – recurring colds or ear infections
  • ✅ Skin Conditions – rashes, eczema, acne, pimples or allergic reactions
  • ✅ Moods – anxiety, depression or mood swings
  • ✅ Food Intolerances – identifying food reactions
  • ✅ Food Allergies – identifying food reactions
  • ✅ Growth and development issues – fussy eaters or nutritional malabsorption
  • ✅ Behavioural challenges – ADHD or others
  • ✅ Energy – poor energy or chronic fatigue
  • ✅ Picky Eaters – fussy eaters
  • ✅ Sleep – trouble falling asleep or staying asleep

What happens in a children’s nutritionist consultation

During your consultation, Fiona will seek information about your pregnancy, birth and post birth experiences. This will provide an integrated view to give a full picture of the foundations of your child’s health status. You can expect to leave your consultation with a thorough understanding of the potential contributing factors of the presenting symptoms. Fiona will provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that incorporates possible herbal/nutritional medicine, dietary/lifestyle recommendations, recipes and handouts. Plus an overview of the consultation so you feel empowered to care for your child’s wellbeing with Fiona’s guidance. At The Children’s Naturopath, Fiona Stock an expert in childhood health, she understands children’s needs and considers working with kids and teens to be an absolute joy. She finds that children typically respond to naturopathic treatment very well – bouncing back to good health in no time.  And she treasures the opportunity she has to teach kids about their bodies and engage them in their health journey, setting them up with strong foundations and knowledge for life.

Meet Children’s Nutritionist – Fiona Stock

Fiona is skilled at getting to the heart of childhood health challenges – helping to initiate lasting change.

Fiona Stock is a respected Paediatric Naturopath & Children’s Nutritionist with a career spanning over 23 years. Armed with an abundance of experience and a true desire to transform your child’s health, she’ll listen closely to understand the underlying causes of their troubling condition. Fiona gets to the heart of your child’s presenting symptoms by deciphering what their body is trying to tell you. She will suggest simple and specific changes as well as herbal or nutritional medicine where required to nurture and restore your child, so they can enjoy the good health they deserve. Deeply compassionate and highly skilled, either of the Naturopathic Consultation Options with Fiona is a wonderful investment in your child’s health. If you’ve tried everything and are yet to find solutions to your child’s health challenges – this could well be the path to take.

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  • ✅Poor Immunity
  • ✅Poor Focus & Concentration
  • ✅ Behavioural Problems
  • ✅ ADHD
  • ✅ Depression
  • ✅ Anxiety
  • ✅ Food Allergies
  • ✅ Food Intolerances
  • ✅ Constipation
  • ✅ Diarrhoea
  • ✅ Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • ✅ Tummy Pain
  • ✅ Eczema
  • ✅ Asthma
  • ✅ Obesity
  • ✅ Auto-Immune Disease
  • ✅ Recurring Infections
  • ✅ Fussy Eaters
  • ✅ Sleep Issues
  • ✅ Plus many more…

Online Learning | Children’s Health | Children’s Nutritionist

Would you like a consultation with me at a fraction of the cost? My online learning classes are jam packed with more advice than I provide in a face-to-face appointment. It’s evidence-based naturopathic wisdom coupled with the latest scientific research on kids health I’ve successfully shared with clients over my 20+ year career.

I’ve also included cheatsheets, checklists, nourishing recipes and 25 page book of class notes.

You will learn:

  • ✅ Understand the cause if common childhood conditions (eczema, poor immunity, food allergies, food intolerances, poor focus & concentration, ADHD, behavioural problems).
  • ✅. Supporting immune function to help support allergic conditions.
  • ✅. Support optimal brain function.
  • ✅. Healthy Eating Plan – including portion size for each age-group.
  • ✅. Natural medicine recommendations,
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