March is National Nutrition Month, and I think many of us would agree that the nutrition of our children is of the utmost importance. What people may not realize, however, is that women need to consume a healthy diet even before getting pregnant. Our diet before pregnancy may affect the health of our future child.
I recall gaining nearly 60 pounds when I was pregnant. I just could not seem to gain enough weight to satisfy my doctor. And I was not underweight when I got pregnant. At 5'10" I weighed about 145 pounds. By my ninth month, I was almost 200 pounds. It used to be quite common for doctors and other to tell pregnant patients that they were eating for two. "Eat as much as you want and whatever you want. Now is the time to do it,” they said.
One piece of advice I can give to aspiring mothers and mothers-to-be is to really focus on prenatal nutrition. Even before your baby is conceived, it is important to make sure you are getting an adequate and balanced amount of all the essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.
When it comes to your child, the benefits of prenatal exercise may be invaluable. For example, new research found evidence suggesting that exercising during pregnancy may help the unborn baby have a lower risk of developing serious health issues, such as diabetes and other metabolic issues, later in life.
Having a baby is a magical journey, but pregnancy comes with risk and sometimes complications. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every year, between two to 10 percent of pregnancies in the United States are affected by gestational diabetes. Some pregnant women may also get a condition called preeclampsia.
Gaining excessive amounts of weight during pregnancy can increase the risk of complications and issues such as gestational diabetes. Some studies have even provided evidence showing that there is a connection between gaining a lot of weight during pregnancy and having an overweight child.
A recent study found evidence which suggests that pregnant women who drink are at an increased risk of having children who will suffer from depression in late adolescence.
There is some evidence that breast milk provides protective effects by suppressing the accumulation of potentially pathogenic viruses. And these protective effects were apparent even when the baby was given formula mixed with breast milk.
Being pregnant is one of the greatest joys, but it comes with a lot of aches and pains! When I was pregnant with my son, I constantly dealt with headaches and back pain. And, of course, when your pregnant, your always worried about what you are putting into your body for the sake of your baby’s health.
Whether women choose to breastfeed or not is a personal choice. And sometimes there are issues that may make breastfeeding very challenging. But if you are a woman who is able to breastfeed and chooses to breastfeed, there is credible research to suggest that breastfeeding can benefit both mother and baby.
When it comes to conceiving babies and pregnancy, we tend to only think of the woman in regards to alcohol consumption.
It can be a physically and emotionally taxing as well as an expensive journey for women who are struggling with infertility and doing everything in their power to get pregnant. I’m talking about women who choose the route of undergoing fertility treatments.
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