Improving one’s diet has many benefits, and there are several occasions in life that serve as reminders. Examples are illness, weight gain, getting married and of course fertility and pregnancy related issues.
I was looking through the news websites this morning ( as I do most mornings ) and I came across a report from Rockefeller University that links a high-fat diet in pregnancy to obesity and weight problems for the child. The study suggests “exposure to triglycerides from the mothers diet has the same effect on the developing foetal brain and that the effect then lasts throughout the offsprings life.” In other words, a high fat intake changes one’s physiology so that the individual has a propensity to gain weight easily throughout life.
The study was carried out on rats and to date no human trials have been published, but if this study is correct, then what one eats during pregnancy takes on greater importance. It is true that some women see pregnancy as a chance to eat what they want, to indulge cravings and ‘eat for two’, others may worry about the nutritional benefits for the baby, whilst some are concerned about their own weight gain.
No doubt there is a case to be made for these and all approaches have some merit ( remember that women in famine hit areas successfully give birth to relatively healthy babies too who are almost unaffected by famine until after they are born ).
However, in the west we are spoiled for choice, and perhaps too much information ( a Google search alone on ‘what to eat in pregnancy’ gives over 10 million results ).
To help you navigate your way through this, go and see a nutritional expert. I have a few at The Food Doctor Clinic in London who are trained, experienced and professional. If you take a look at www.thefooddoctor.com then you can read about the various therapists.I am also fascinated to hear from you about your own experience with pregnancy and diet. Unusual cravings for example, or remarkable weight loss or gain perhaps? Please post a reply!