What to eat when you're expecting

Could what you eat during pregnancy affect your child's health as they grow up?

 

Midwives and OBGYNs get these kinds of question all the time from our patients. What should I be eating during pregnancy? Most of us recommend  a healthy balanced diet with perhaps some changes for women at risk for diabetes, such as those with PCOS. Most women's health care professionals see proper nutrition during pregnancy as a way to give the baby the best chances for a good start in life.

It turns out that prenatal nutrition may be even more important than previously thought. A new study from a group in the UK suggests that a mom's diet may actually affect a baby's immune system and overall health. They looked at women of reproductive age in Gambia where they experience distinct dry and rainy seasons, and eat very different foods during the two seasons. The researchers looked at a gene called VTRNA2-1, what is called a tumor suppressor gene, a gene which controls how a person's immune system responds to infections and cancers. They found that this gene was expressed differently in children conceived in different seasons, presumably due to the change in diet.

So, what does this all mean? It suggests that maternal nutrition may affect the child's ability to fight off infections or cancer. It doesn't tell us what pregnant moms should or should not be eating, and should not be a cause for concern at this time. It only reinforces what midwives and OBs have been telling their patients for years: eat a healthy balanced diet.

Source: http://www.figo.org/news/pre-pregnancy-die...

Yoga and Pregnancy

Yoga appears safe during pregnancy

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For many years, midwives and OBs, have recommended yoga as a safe and effective way of staying fit during pregnancy.

Some of the suggested benefits of Yoga include:

  • Stress reduction
  • Helping to improve the strength and endurance of the muscles needed in childbirth
  • Improving symptoms such as headaches, nausea and low back pain
  • Reducing the risk of pregnancy complications such as  high blood pressure and poor fetal growth

Obstetricians and midwives have presumed there was no risk, and recommended Yoga without an objective way of determining its safety. Now, researchers have studied this issue and published their findings in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. They looked at the mom's vital signs, the baby's fetal heart tones and evidence of uterine contractions, both before and after Yoga sessions, and what they found was reassuring, confirming that Yoga did not harm mother or baby.

One word of caution for those who do Bikram (hot) Yoga. While Yoga may be safe during pregnancy, excessive heat is not. It is probably still a good idea to avoid Bikram Yoga.

    Source: http://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Abstr...