What You Eat = Your Baby’s Future
New research points out that what pregnant women eat during the 9 months of their pregnancy can impact their baby’s health, as well as, their own for decades to come. Given here are some simple nutrition tips that can help you both.
• A woman’s body ideally needs 400 micrograms of Vitamin B daily before conceiving and supplementing it with folic acid for a year before pregnancy and in the 2nd trimester can dramatically reduce the risk of preterm delivery.
• DHA an omega-3 fatty acid found in abundance in seafood and flaxseed is important for developing a baby’s health. It can boost baby’s brain development before birth, leading to better vision, motor skills, memory and language comprehension in early childhood.
• An expectant mother’s iron needs nearly double, to support 50% increase in blood volume and to promote fetal iron storage. Combining iron-rich foods with vitamin C will help boost absorption of iron.
• You must steer clear of food items like soft cheeses made with pasteurized milk, undercooked or raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs. This will prevent your baby from harmful bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria etc.
• Research points that the less caffeine you consume during pregnancy the better it is for your baby as increased intake raises the chances of a miscarriage.
• New research points out that indulging in salty, sugary, high-fat, low nutrient-dense diet might program a baby’s taste preference. Therefore, these must be avoided.
• Baby needs calcium for tooth and bone development in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Therefore, you must get at least 1000 mg of it per day else the baby will leach it from your bones, increasing your risk of osteoporosis later in life.
• Consume organic foods as far as possible to reduce pesticide exposure which has been linked to miscarriage, birth defects, preterm birth, growth restriction and immune disorders.
• To prevent constipation, hemorrhoids and over-eating and to promote your baby’s development a diet high in fiber content is essential.
• About 46% women gain too much weight during pregnancy which increases their risk of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes and delivery of a preterm or larger than normal baby.
• Pregnant women must avoid alcohol as it can lead to behavior problems, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, aggressive behavior and hyperactivity in children.