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Eating Right during Pregnancy for your unborn baby

Eating Right during Pregnancy for your unborn baby

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Importance of eating right during pregnancy can never be overemphasised. May be you know it all, still it helps to revise.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Importance of eating right during pregnancy can never be overemphasised. May be you know it all, still it helps to revise.

We know that eating right for your unborn baby is your top priority. Let’s understand why?

Eating right will help your unborn baby grow well.

Following a nutritious diet and gaining the right amount of weight during pregnancy will increase your likelihood of having a healthy baby with healthy birth weight. Adequate birth weight, in turn, will reduce your baby’s risk of life-threatening illnesses.

Eating right will help protect your unborn baby from defects caused due to nutrient deficiencies

One of the most common types of birth defects - neural-tube defects - can be prevented in many pregnancies when the mother consumes the optimum amount of folic acid, a B vitamin found in dark-green leafy vegetables.

Eating right will ensure that your baby is born with adequate nutrient stores.

Iron is stored in your baby’s liver during pregnancy. When you eat well, you are helping him build his iron stores which will be used during early life after birth.

Help build your baby’s iron stores during pregnancy by eating iron rich foods such as poultry, dry beans, egg yolks, green leafy vegetables.

Eating right will positively affect your baby’s health in his/her later life

Studies have found that mother’s nutritional status during pregnancy affects health and diseases in your child’s later life. Babies born to undernourished mothers often have low birth weight. Low birth weight babies have higher risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases.

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