Household plastics often contain the chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. These chemicals are endocrine disrupters, which means they imitate the action of chemical messengers in our bodies. Even a small amount can be damaging because our bodies don't recognize them as foreign, and they can mess up the fetus's development process. You can tell if your [plastics contain BPA] by looking at the recycling code on the bottom. Anything labeled 3, 6, or 7 should go in the trash. And don't use plastic in the microwave or put it in the dishwasher, since heat can release BPA.
Pregnant women who eat five or more servings of chocolate each week have a 40 percent lower risk of developing preeclampsia, a high blood pressure condition [that can endanger the lives of both mother and child]. If you're dying to treat yourself when pregnant, I would suggest some chocolate.
Most people know they need to get a sufficient amount of calcium, but not everyone knows that vitamin D is important, too. Studies in recent years have found that vitamin D, also known as the "sunshine vitamin," helps protect against cancer, diabetes, heart disease, colds, flu, tuberculosis, and more, and as a result, doctors are increasingly recommending that patients take vitamin D supplements. But don't decide how much you need on your own. Talk to your doctor for advice.
There are rock-star nutrients in the pregnancy world that tend to receive all the attention. Folic acid, iron, and calcium are covered extensively in pregnancy , and they're easily part of the mom-to-be vernacular. Choline—a water-soluble nutrient in the B vitamin family—on the other hand, remains largely unknown for many pregnant moms. But based on recent research, it deserves to be elevated to rock-star nutrient status.
One recent study found that babies whose moms had low choline in their blood during pregnancy scored lower on cognitive tests at 18 months, indicating that their brain development had been compromised. Studies have also demonstrated that choline during pregnancy increases intelligence into adulthood, and also seems to be protective against memory loss later in life. Finally, a recent study found an interesting effect of high choline intake during pregnancy: The nutrient appears to help decrease the baby's levels of cortisol, which is widely known as the "stress hormone." The researchers speculate that this may help reduce the impact of a pregnant mother's stress on the baby's developing brain, nervous system, and metabolism.
Choline in the diet of the pregnant mother and the infant is directly related to permanent changes in brain function. Without enough choline during the critical time of brain growth and development, intelligence, memory, and possibly mood regulation will be damaged permanently. We may not be able to measure the exact impact on IQ or other brain functions, but we know enough at this point to start preaching the choline message.
Take care of your unborn baby.
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Dr Unnati Chavda
(Promoting pregnancy wellness)