How Nutrition Affects Your Pregnancy?

How nutrition affects your pregnancy has been discussed here. Vital nutrients are important during pregnancy for the normal growth of baby. Lack of these nutrients affects baby’s long term growth and development.

Today so many research projects has shown that how your baby’s growth and long term health is affected by pregnancy nutrition.

Vital Nutrients and Their Role during Pregnancy

Here is a quick look at some of the vital nutrients and their crucial role during pregnancy:

Protein -

It helps in the growth of new tissues for baby and mother.

It helps with milk production for breastfeeding.

Calcium -

It forms skeleton and teeth of mother and baby.

Iron -

Produces additional blood and supplies baby's iron stores needed in the liver.

Vitamin A -

Helps to development cells as well as grow teeth and bones.

Vitamin C -

It forms connective tissues and other new tissue growth. Also helps the mother to absorb iron.

Folic Acid -

Prevents neural tube defects and helps to increase mother's red blood cells.

Read more about - Role of Nutrients during Pregnancy.

These vital nutrients help the baby to grow and develop as well as to grow and sustain new tissue to keep you healthy throughout pregnancy. There is new evidence that shows that nutrition during pregnancy affects your baby's long-term health.

Studies show that the lack of vital nutrients can actually contribute to illnesses or diseases that the child may develop later in life.

Here is one example of how this might work:

• When the nutrient supply to the baby is low, the baby must compensate.

• The baby's body reacts by sending available blood supply to the essential organs (heart, brain) and re-routing the blood away from organs such as the liver.

• This causes the baby to grow a smaller liver.

• This organ then performs at less than 100% throughout life.

• Since the liver is crucial in regulating cholesterol, a liver which does not function well can result in high cholesterol later in life.

• If the liver and pancreas are both affected by inadequate nutrition, it is more likely to lead to adult-onset (Type2) diabetes.

During pregnancy lack of vital nutrients at different stages leads to under nutrition of the baby.

This could increase the chances for the baby to develop -

• Hypertension and

• Heart disease in the adult life.

• Increased tendency of Weight gain.

• Affects Intelligence.

• Increases susceptibility to cancer.

• Decreases ability to resist infection.

Read about Recommended Daily Allowances of Nutrients here...

Pregnancy Nutrition affecting Health of Grandchildren

Pregnancy Nutrition affecting Health of Grandchildren The long-term health effects just got longer!

It has been discovered that the effects of prenatal under-nutrition can be passed down from one generation to another. So what you eat on a daily basis not only affects the health of your own baby but can also affect the health of your grandchildren!

So be sure you are getting all of your vital nutrients every day to maintain healthy pregnancy.

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