Diet Before Pregnancy Can Reduce Premature Births by 50%

baby and vegiesIf you are a mom to be, or considering having children, when should you start to eat healthy?  If you are reading this and this question applies to you, the answer is NOW!

This study showed a dramatic 50% reduction in preterm births for mom’s who ate healthy for the 12 months before getting pregnant.  Preterm births are the leading cause globally of infant disease and death. You can read the study here…

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could reduce that chance by 50% just by eating healthy?  The great news is that you can.  This study looked at diets of more than 300 Australian women during the 12 months prior to getting pregnant. Those who ate protein-rich foods including lean meats, fish and chicken, as well as fruit, whole grains, and vegetables, had significantly lower risk of preterm birth.  Women who ate foods high in saturated fat and sugar (potato chips, cakes, biscuits, etc.) were much more likely to have babies born preterm. 

It would be fascinating to see how these children did during their first few years in life.  I suspect there would be benefits to brain and development that last a lifetime for those babies born to moms with good nutrition before and during pregnancy. Dads and partners, you are equally responsible. Your partner’s health and diet will mimic yours, so don’t ask them to do what you are not willing to do.  Set the stage for health in your family.  Let the foundation be organic fruits and vegetables with lean meats, nuts, legumes, and perhaps whole grains adding the protein. If you are vegetarian, this is a very healthy lifestyle but do supplement methyl-B12, and be sure you are getting a good variety of proteins from nuts, legumes, whole grains, and eggs and dairy if you can.

Remember to avoid fish while pregnant (high in pesticides and mercury) and thus take ground fresh organic flax and an omega-3 supplement along with your prenatal vitamin and vitamin D supplements. 

 

Dr. Paul

 

 

 

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