These days I was looking for information on diet in pregnancy. Emphasis is always placed on how important multivitamin and folic acid intake is. However, although there is talk of a healthy diet, it is always said that you should eat for two. This is a common mistake that many Latinas make because they believe that the more you eat, the chubby the baby will come.
Popular belief could cause health consequences for mother and baby. Even a baby who weighs more than 8 pounds is considered an obese baby and many investigations reveal that as a child it could be prone to diabetes.
The good news is that a Stanford University study revealed that if a woman eats a balanced diet, the risk of having a baby with a birth defect, both spina bifida and a cleft lip, can be minimized. The better the mother's health, the better the baby will be.
A fact that the study also determined is that the nutrients of various foods can have a great impact on the child's body.
"Our study supports recommendations that have been made to pregnant women for years … Eat a variety of foods, include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet, and take a vitamin supplement that contains folic acid," said Suzan L. Carmichael., an associate professor of pediatrics at Stanford University.