Pregnant women are literally “eating for two”, and research shows that the power of influence on the food preferences of their unborn children.
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A study conducted on rats found a positive correlation between a pregnant woman junk food consumption, and a preference for junk food in its juvenile and adult offspring. The researchers concluded that “maternal junk food consumption during pregnancy and lactation, the functional consequences on the reward pathway of the offspring immediately postweaning,” what does that mean, because these offspring were exposed to unhealthy food via the placenta or breast milk, that they needed to eat more junk food to achieve the same level of enjoyment as adults.
A similar experiment, with the help of the people of this time, it was concluded that when pregnant women drank carrot juice, the “prenatal exposure” led to children enjoying the taste of carrots during weaning.
But a woman’s diet affects her baby’s taste buds; it can also dramatically impact her newborn baby’s health. The consumption of certain foods can increase the likelihood of premature birth, miscarriage or birth defects. Early in their pregnancy, women should be especially vigilant in evaluating what to eat and drink. A well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and plenty of water, it is the safest. Here are a number of things that you should definitely avoid, or (in some cases) approach with the utmost caution. Some are obvious, but others might surprise you.
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Do not eat or drink of these eight things when you are pregnant.
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Is it OK to have a drink during the holidays? The American Pregnancy Association emphatically states that there is “NO amount of alcohol that is known to be safe during pregnancy,” and recommends that you avoid it altogether. Consuming too much alcohol during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome and other neurological defects in babies, and there is simply no consensus about the effects of even a little bit, so why take a chance?
Caffeinated Coffee and Tea
The medical community is divided on the caffeine role in a healthy pregnancy. Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning it increases urine output, and although the American Pregnancy Association confirms that most studies show a moderate intake of caffeine to be admitted, there are studies that suggest that caffeine may be a source of a miscarriage. As a preventive measure, skipping caffeine during the first trimester, and not more than 200 milligrams (about one 12-ounce tea) per day for the rest of the pregnancy.
After making a batch of chocolate chip cookies is always tempting to lick the spoon, but pregnant women need to resist this urge because the raw egg used in some uncooked cookie dough can be salmonella. But don’t worry, a lot of the cookie-dough ice cream either, omit, raw eggs or a pasteurized egg base, ensuring the safety.
Pregnant women should avoid this classic holiday beverage, even when it doesn’t contain alcohol. Homemade eggnog is made with raw eggs, which may or may not be pasteurized. Raw eggs can carry disease-causing pathogens such as salmonella and campylobacter, which are particularly dangerous during pregnancy. Store-bought eggnog is all right to drink so long as it is made with pasteurized eggs. Sidestep the added risks of an attorney with the purchase of a non-dairy advocate an alternative such as “soy.” And make sure you only drink the virgin kind, ironically enough.
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