Bub’s health depends on your pre-pregnancy diet.
When it comes to trying to conceive, most of us know we need to up our intake of folic acid, and the things we need to do to optimize our fertility. For instance, he should probably reduce his caffeine intake and you need to track your cycle. But sometimes it is easy to get so caught up in falling pregnant that other things are missed.
I know when I started trying for my first bub I was so caught up in getting pregnant, I didn’t think much about the health of my bub in the future. As in when they were grown ups themselves. I was just so excited at the idea of having a baby I couldn’t see beyond falling pregnant and possibly how much labour might hurt.
But for those of you who are thinking about trying to conceive then I hope you will be smarter and more well informed than I was. For instance, recent research shows that you need to make sure that your diet is a varied and healthy one before you fall pregnant in the first place. This is because a poor diet while trying to conceive can lead to increased health issues for your bub when they grow up.
The study was carried out on mice, this is because it has previously been shown that humans and mice respond in the same way to poor diet during pregnancy. The mice were fed a low protein diet for 10 weeks before conception, but had a normal diet during pregnancy. They then gave birth to offspring that had lower birth weights, showed catch-up growth after weaning and increased insulin sensitivity.
According to Anete Dudele from the University of Aarhus, Denmark who conducted the study “If humans respond in the same way as mice to pre-conception diet as well, then women should not only consider what they eat during pregnancy but also before pregnancy.”
To reduce your little one’s risk of type II diabetes and obesity therefore, it is important you make sure your diet is excellent before you start trying to conceive. It’s certainly food for thought.