This week’s blog is dedicated to Fit Kids February, which from my mind’s eye starts with a healthy pregnancy. Rather than write on nutrition for children, I thought to take a step back and focus on ways that women can nourish themselves during their nine month journey. Nutrition during pregnancy, in turn, can greatly impact the health of infants.
In terms of diet, consume a minimum of processed foods, especially those containing trans-fats and hydrogenated fats that are commonly found in baked goods, harder stick margarine, candies, snack foods, and fried foods.
Sally Fallon in her book, Nourishing Traditions, reports that trans-fats can accumulate in mother’s milk, which can lead to decreased visual acuity and learning difficulties in infants. Hydrogenated fats can reduce the fat content in mother’s milk and fat is crucial for brain development. Therefore, a low fat diet is not recommended during pregnancy.
Pregnancy increases the need for more calories to nourish mother as well as infant. The following nutrients are crucial to a healthy pregnancy:
source: thee poch times