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Dangerous Diets


Moms-to-be know the importance of a healthy pregnancy diet for their own health and that of their baby's. But did you know that pre-pregnancy diet is also crucial? There are dangerous foods that you could be consuming that will reduce your risk of conception and cause health problems during a later pregnancy.

It's now suggested that your diet before pregnancy can influence your baby's future risk of developing conditions like diabetes and heart disease. The amount a baby eats in the few weeks after birth can even determine if he or she will develop diabetes in adulthood. If you eat a high fat, high cholesterol diet, your baby could suffer from dangerous health conditions once he or she is older.

Mothers who eat a high fat diet without enough fresh vegetables and fruits have double the chance of having a baby with a cleft palate. Doctors found that women whose pre-conception diet included these foods usually continued these eating habits throughout pregnancy, and their babies suffered the consequences. The women with the Western diets high in sugar and fats had a 1.9 times greater chance of having a baby with a cleft palate or cleft lip.

Doctors also discourage strict regimens such as the Atkins diet, which has dieters increasing the amount of protein they eat. This leads to increased ammonium in the reproductive tract and can hinder conception. Any diet where you're not consuming a particular food group is dangerous for conception, as your body won't have the necessary nutrients it needs for a healthy pregnancy. Our bodies are smarter than we may think, and if you're not eating the right amount of certain foods, you may not even be able to get pregnant. This is why severely underweight and anorexic women will stop menstruating and it will be next to impossible for them to conceive your body goes into starvation mode and knows that you can't carry a baby.

It's also not recommended to follow a vegan diet no animal products of any kind which can result in nutritional deficiencies and conditions such as anemia. If you do become pregnant, it can take a bigger toll on your body as valuable vitamins and nutrients go to the fetus and you're left overtired and run down.

You may not think that a regular diet of pizza or fried chicken will harm anyone else's health but your own, or that your child could suffer long term effects from your pre-conception eating habits. You should be aware that the food you're putting in your mouth today could affect your child's health tomorrow!

 


 
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