"First 1000 Days" provides practical information on how to make the most of this time period as children deserve the best start in life and this begins before pregnancy, elnc.psanz.com.au reports
Pregnancy helps promote the proper development and growth of the infant. However, many women are confused as to which nutrients are needed and how they can incorporate these nutrients into their diet. The Early Life Nutrition Coalition announces the release of the 2019 'perinatal nutrition and a great deal more.— Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant need to ensure they are taking in the right nutrients to support their body and that of a growing child. A healthy diet during
Moms need to recognize there is no specific formula for a healthy diet during pregnancy. The goal needs to be to ensure the mother is consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables along with lean protein, healthy fats, and whole grains. Nevertheless, certain nutrients need to be prioritized during this time, as they are of great importance to the developing fetus.
Folic acid and folate are needed to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects and premature birth. Neural tube defects result in abnormalities of the spinal cord and brain and may bring about death. Folate is found in many foods in the form of folate and women should be consuming a minimum of 400 micrograms each day of either folic acid or folate at least 12 weeks before they become pregnant and throughout the first trimester.
Omega-3 oils should be a part of any pregnant woman's diet. The oils help to lower the risk of allergic diseases in infants. However, take care to check the mercury levels in the seafood consumed, as certain species contain high mercury levels. This includes shark and swordfish.
Vitamin D likewise decreases the risk of allergic disease in young children. Sadly, many women tend to be deficient in this vitamin, include those with dark skin, those who wear a veil, and women who frequently use sunscreen. Speak to a physician to determine if the vitamin D levels in the body are sufficient to support the health of the mother and child.
Speak to the physician about Perinatal nutrition and to learn if there are any other nutritional needs based on the mom's current health and any medical conditions she may have. Furthermore, download a copy of 'First 1000 days' today. Here you will find a wealth of information that will be of benefit before, during, and after pregnancy.
Information has been sourced from the PSANZ Early Life Nutrition Coalition, which has produced a pregnancy and nutrition guide to the 'First 1,000 Days'.
About Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand:
The Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) is a multidisciplinary society dedicated to improving the health and long term outcomes for mothers and their babies. PSANZ encompasses and strongly encourages research focused on mothers and babies during pregnancy and at birth as well as the health of the newborn as its development continues after birth.
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