According to a new study published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine a healthy prenatal diet helps in the prevention of birth defects. Emphasizing fruits, vegetables and whole grains while limiting saturated fats and sugar insures the mother and baby are getting a diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Supplements, in addition to a healthy diet, can help you receive the necessary nutrients needed when expecting.
Folate is crucial to the prevention of neural tube defects and according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, studies show that adding a daily dose of 400 micrograms (.4 milligram) of folic acid to your diet at least one month before you become pregnant — and increasing to 600 micrograms once you suspect you are pregnant, continuing throughout the first trimester of pregnancy — can cut the risk of neural-tube defects (NTDs) in newborns by half.
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Remember, you are what you eat and what you eat is nourishing the growing baby inside you.
P.S. – That’s me at 37 weeks in the picture above 🙂
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