There is no time in life when caring for health is more important than when a couple is considering conceiving a child. Being as healthy as possible before and during conception is vital, as very early fetal development sets up a child for a lifetime of good or not-so-good health. I'm passionate about public health, and giving people good information to help them have successful pregnancies and healthy children is the best "early intervention" that we can possibly make to create a healthier society.
There is so much that is challenging now. There are over thousands of industrial chemicals in use and many of them are proven to be hormone disruptors, increasing the risk of infertility and of health problems during pregnancy.So be more careful while you are planning for pregnancy or during pregnancy.This is a big subject, and people can easily become overwhelmed and afraid to eat, or do, anything. One basic thing you can do is buy organic food if you can afford it and drink filtered water.
Dietary supplements are not substitutes for good diets, but they are good insurance against gaps in the diet. I prepare my own food and am thoughtful about what I eat. I also take a good daily multivitamin/multimineral supplement and advise you to do so, too, because I consider it another good and safe measure to optimize emotional and physical well-being.
Please remember that vitamin supplements won't compensate for a poor diet - but they can help fill nutritional gaps in a good one. Your objective should be to make sure that you're eating a healthy, varied diet that meets your nutritional needs.Taking a daily multivitamin and nutritional vitamin supplement ensures that you get the energy you need to drive metabolism. In addition, if you're not eating regularly, if your diet is not rich in fresh foods, and if you don't get plenty of fruits and vegetables, a multivitamin may help you fill in the gaps.However, many multivitamins may not offer all the nutritional ingredients you need. Based on your gender, age, lifestyle and medications.
Vitamin B9 - Folate or Folic Acid:
Vitamin B9, more commonly known as folate or folic acid.Vitamin B9 is essential for human growth and development, encourages normal nerve and proper brain functioning, and may help reduce blood-levels of the amino acid.
In my every blog i won’t forgot to insist about folic acid as i know its importance in pregnancy and this would be my achievement if i spread enough knowledge and importance for it.
Pregnant women have an increased need for folic acid: it supports the growth of the placenta and fetus, and helps to prevent several types of birth defects, especially those of the brain and spine. Pregnant women should take extra caution to get enough folic acid.Deficiency has been linked to birth defects, low birth weight, pregnancy loss, depression, memory loss.
Spinach, green vegetables and beans are good sources, as are fortified products such as orange juice and cereals. Other natural sources of folate include bananas, melons, lemons, legumes.
Everyone's dietary needs are different based on a number of factors including lifestyle, diet, medications and more.The need for prenatal multivitamins that have optimal amounts of folic acid, iodine, and iron is absolutely clear. Supplementation leads to lower infertility rates, fewer miscarriages, fewer birth defects, less cancer and fewer cases of autism and severe learning disabilities.
Avoid "empty calorie" foods, such as soft drinks, cookies.
Snacks can be healthy if you plan ahead. Choose cheese, fruit, yogurt, and vegetables for between-meal pickups.
If you're not already a food-label reader, start now! You may be amazed to know what you've been feeding yourself and your baby.
Nutrition is never more critical than during pregnancy. What you choose to put on your plate affects you and your baby’s health not just in utero but for years to come.
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Dr Unnati Chavda
(Promoting pregnancy wellness)