Nutrition in Pregnancy

Praxis Lemm is a Midwife clinics in Berlin specialising in nutrition in pregnancy and other pregnancy services. Pregnancy is a demanding time for the body, you will need a little more energy each day than what was needed before pregnancy. Good nutrition during pregnancy is more about the quality of food eaten than the quantity and that is also depending on your individual body type.

We offer individual nutritional counselling depending on your wishes and needs. Nutrition and food is one of the most gentle treatments to cure discomforts and give your baby a great start into the world. What you eat effects your pregnancy as well as your baby more then any treatment and so it is vital to know what nutrition is and diet is best suited for you. Changes in the diet is not easy for everyone, but every small change can make a large difference to you and your baby. We offer nutritional counselling from two various backgrounds: 

The scientific and nutritional medical counseling

Involving general advice for nutrition during pregnancy and recommendations to prevent and treat complications and pregnancy discomforts such as: Gestational diabetes, Preventing overweight, Water retainment, Back pain, Gestosis and Psychological and physical stress.

Recommendation from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine it is advisable to eat gentle prepared vegetables, meat is also allowed. Fresh fruit and vegetables should not be eaten. This type is  recommended to pregnant women with: Premature contractions, Digestive problems, Vaginal issues, Hemorrhoids, Allergies, Nausea and Fatigue.

The following nutrient needs increase during pregnancy:



Folic acid

Getting at least 600 micrograms per day during pregnancy reduces the risk for neural tube defects.


You need nearly twice as much iron during pregnancy, or 27 milligrams daily. The mineral is used to make more blood that carries oxygen to your baby.


Aim for 1,000 milligrams daily. Calcium is key to help your baby build strong bones, teeth, muscles and nerves.

vitamin d

It helps calcium do its job and keeps your immune system strong. You should get 600 IU daily.


An omega-3 fatty acid, DHA plays a role in your baby’s brain and eye development. You need 200 to 300 milligrams per day.