Getting pregnant and being pregnant! There is one thing that is most important to optimize the pregnancy and well-being of your child: your own health. If the mother is healthy and ensures that she receives all the important nutrients, the chances of a healthy child and few complications are considerably greater. Read 4 important pillars for this health, nutrition and pregnancy according to professor of nutrition and health Jaap Seidell.
Begin with folic acid before your pregnancy
Folic acid is an important vitamin to take extra before and during pregnancy because it contributes to a good development of your unborn baby. This helps to prevent certain deviations. These abnormalities include open back, hare lip, open palate and neural tube defect.
It is best if the mother starts with folic acid before she is pregnant, about 4 weeks. You then continue to take 400 micrograms of folic acid daily during the first 10 to 12 weeks of pregnancy.
According to Seidell, too low an intake of folic acid one month before conception until the 12th week of pregnancy can lead to an open back in the baby. This is also called spina bifida. Children with spina bifida will have to take medication all their lives. To prevent infections and always suffer from their intestines, bladder and motor skills.
Read more about folic acid here. Other important nutrients include iron, various fatty acids such as fish fatty acids and proteins.
Watch your weight before the pregnancy
Health, nutrition and pregnancy is a very important combination. Even before you are pregnant at all. You will have many benefits if you have a healthy weight when you become pregnant.
Do you want to get pregnant but are you a lot of pounds too heavy? Then it might be wise to try to lose weight first.
According to Seibell, children of overweight pregnant women, high blood pressure or gestational diabetes may experience unpleasant consequences later on. They have a greater chance of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Often, babies of overweight pregnant women are abnormally large and heavy. They will probably have to be born with a caesarean section. If you want the best for your baby, losing weight is actually the only option. Fortunately, there are many ways and tools that can help you lose some kilos. Sometimes a weight loss of 5 to 10% of your current weight can already yield a lot of health benefits.
Do you find it difficult to lose weight? Then ask for help from a weight consultant or dietitian. If you know you want to become pregnant and you can still adjust your health insurance, you can apply for additional insurance that also reimburses the costs of the consultations. If so, please always refer to your doctor.
Eat healthy and not too little
Healthy and varied food and sufficient food is incredibly important for your baby. Only in this way can you provide your little one with all the nutrients that he or she needs. Especially iron, omega-6 and omega-3 are very important for the development of your baby's organs.
Some other oils, such as wheat germ oil, also have a positive influence on the overall health of a pregnant woman.
If you do not get enough nutrients due to poor nutrition or malnutrition, your child may later have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity type 2. The good basis for your child's body, therefore, starts in the womb.
Do you find it difficult to find a good balance between your health, nutrition and pregnancy?
Always start by adjusting your diet first.
If you do not know what you can eat to get all the nutrients, we refer you to the website of the food center. Enter your five-year-old disc (gender, age and click that you are pregnant) and see exactly what you can eat every day to be super healthy.
On the website of the nutrition center there are also daily menus for pregnant women and lots of healthy recipes. Speaking of healthy recipes, I also share a healthy recipe every month. Totally 'pregnant-proof' with many nutrients. Like a healthy pizza, super healthy kale and a lasagna full of vegetables or a nice oatmeal breakfast.
Benefits of breastfeeding
Besides that you have to ensure that you get enough nutrients, it is also important that your newborn baby is offered the daily vitamins and minerals.
An English study showed that children who received extra nutrients with their normal bottle-feeding scored higher on motor skills and mental development later than twelve years of age than children who were only bottle-fed.
A Danish study found that babies who had breastfed for 9 months on average scored 5 IQ points higher at 18 years of age than children who had only had one month of breastfeeding. Another reason why doctors applaud breastfeeding is because babies ingest more antibodies from the mother than from bottle feeding. It seems that the medical world still has a strong preference for breastfeeding.
That does not mean that bottle-feeding is wrong. Your child can also grow up healthy with bottle food. In everything, it appears that health, nutrition and pregnancy are mutually connected. It is therefore wise to delve yourself into a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle if you want to become pregnant or already.
Perhaps your desire to have children is a good time to take better care of yourself, so that you can take better care of your child too!