Women`s diet before pregnancy

Women`s diet before pregnancy

  Autor NN Team Data: 08.02.2008

Women`s diet before pregnancy
Congratulations on your decision to have a baby. As a future mother, the first thing you should do for your child is to have a healthy diet. Healthy eating habits should begin long before conception. So make sure that the foetus will develop in a healthy environment, which reduces the risk that he is born ill. 

If you decide to have a child you need to evaluate your diet right now and make sure that your body can carry a foetus for nine months. 
The reasons why your body might not be ready for the job include:
  • Recent, long-term diseases 
  • Anorexia or bulimia 
  • A recent task 
  • Lack of a balanced diet 
  • Lack of calcium 
  • Repetitive or too severe diets. 
Woman's weight plays an important role both in fertility and in developing her pregnancy. If you are underweight you are likely not to get pregnant, and if you are overweight you may have complications during pregnancy such as hypertension or diabetes. 
Even a few pounds lost can increase your chances of having a normal pregnancy, but that does not mean you have to keep severe diets that impoverish your body of nutrients. If you are concerned about weight, discuss this with your doctor. 
The first thing you need to do is take a prenatal supplement with folic acid. It reduces the risk of congenital diseases, such as spina bifida, helps develop cells and embryos. It was also found that folic acid supplements greatly reduce the risk of miscarriage and premature birth. There are foods that contain folic acid (peas, some cereals, fruits and vegetables), but even if you eat these, you also need to take a supplement because your body cannot absorb nutrients from food. In addition, foods lose their properties by boiling. 
Although it's important to take vitamins at this moment of your life, you must be careful what vitamins you choose. Certain supplements, even the herbal can harm the child. For example, an overdose of vitamin A can cause birth defects. 
Some herbal preparations are toxic and can cause uterine contractions. If you are unsure of a product, do not take it until you consult a doctor. Also, during and before pregnancy you should avoid excess caffeine, tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Healthy eating habits before pregnancy will continue during pregnancy and lactation. Calcium intake is very important in all three periods. Make sure your body gets at least 1200 mg of calcium per day, which means three servings of calcium-rich foods. Equally important is the contribution of iron that the body takes from meat (including poultry), fish, vegetables, cereals. 
Remember that everything you do in the months before conception can influence the health of your child. If you have a balanced diet, wait for a while to make sure that your body gets all the substances it needs to carry a pregnancy. 


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