I just attended a fascinating conference the last 2 days on the genetics of what happens in the womb. It turns out Mom’s to be have much more of an influence on the health of their future child than once realized.
A baby is programmed in the womb with a certain set of genes or DNA, but how she or he responds to that DNA can be influenced by your diet and level of self care – a daunting and huge responsibility!
What do you do with this information? All the decision you make with food and lifestyle (good or bad) can add up to the health of your child. We do know there are many things that can happen that have nothing to do with you, but why not control what you are able to with a healthy diet full of nutritious food?
Eating regular meals that are balanced with respect to healthy sources of protein, natural sources of carbohydrates and healthy fats will give your baby the vitamins/minerals and nutrients he or she needs. Future blogs will discuss your options. I highly recommend getting at least one consult with a Registered Dietitian in your area to ensure you are meeting your individual needs. The ADA has a national website – eatright.org that has RD’s in your area.
For those of you who have challenges with blood sugars during pregnancy my new book got launched this week: Healthy YOU, Healthy Baby: A Mother’s Guide to Gestational Diabetes – it is available on my site and will be in ebook form very soon!