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Bub’s health depends on your pre-pregnancy diet.

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.

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Did you know that your diet BEFORE you start trying to conceive could have an effect on your bub? An important read.

Read the full blog post: Bub’s health depends on your pre-pregnancy diet.

Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:13 AM

Avatar ChaosLaoBub

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 09:53 PM

Avatar Angelmumof2

I really dont think what u eat has much to do with the size your baby will be. I do belive that u should eat healthy lots of meat veg and fruit but the baby only takes what it need in the end.I went for walks evey day and all ways ate my meat vegie's and fruit but I still had a 11 lb 5 oz baby it's to do with the make up of the baby some are just bigger then others

Posted 01 October 2011 - 10:52 PM

Avatar fairygirl

lol... and i ate everything and anything with #1 as was totally enjoying relaxing the diet and she was 6lb 10, so def each mother and baby is diff!!! with #2 i ate normal but with treats occasionally and he was 6lb 6!!!! go figure smile

Posted 02 October 2011 - 02:52 AM

Avatar Former Member


Plus, remember where the babies head has to pass through. Why eat junk and risk having an obese baby with a huge head?" Double or triple ouch.

Obesity means having too much body fat - it has nothing to do with bone stucture and will not increase the baby's head size. There are skinny mothers who give birth to 10lb babies and there are obese mothers who have 5lb babies.
Yes it's important to have a healthy diet, but if someone is suffering from morning sickness and all they can keep down is junk food - it's better than nothing.

Posted 02 October 2011 - 03:00 AM

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:38 AM

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I was trying to draw a link between an unhealthy diet and gestational diabetes which does lead to bigger babies.

Not every woman who eats junk food gets gestational diabetes and even fit women can get gestational diabetes - look at Cathy Freeman for example. There are other predisposing factors - such as age, family history and ethnic background. And I think very few women use their pregnancy as an excuse to pig-out. Yes eating healthy is important but not everyone is gonna swim a kilometre twice a week and go for walks right up until the birth of their child - and that's ok. I think there's enough pressure on mothers already - especially with celebrities such as Miranda Kerr, Heidy Klum, Victoria Bekham or more recently Rebecca Judd returning to size 6 within weeks of giving birth. They are unrealistic expectations.
If you wanna run a marathon and count calories go for it but don't judge other people.

Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:53 AM

Avatar Former Member

I just wanted to say GD isn't caused by pigging out when you are preg. its hormonal.
If you are over weight you are higher risk, but that is generally a factor that is present before the pregnancy.

I have GD but have none of the 'risk factors' at all. I'm young, have good bmi, no cultural risk or family history. Sometimes these things just happen.
Don't just assume that when people have these problems its because they don't take care of themselves.

Posted 03 October 2011 - 02:26 AM

Avatar ChaosLaoBub

A few years ago I found out I had polycystic ovaries. For me this meant that I had heavy, irregular periods (5-10 weeks apart), acne, cramps, mood swings and depression. I was unhealthy too. I skipped breakfast, lived on chocolate, did little exercise, couldn't get to sleep and in turn found it hard to get up in the morning.
I don't know what motivated me but I started to make gradual changes. I started eating more fruits and vegetables and found that I didn't need as much chocolate or sugary things. Because of this I started sleeping better and found that I had more energy to exercise.I just felt well, physically and mentally. My depression and mood swings eased. My period was still heavy but the cramps didn't feel as bad. My skin improved, it wasn't perfect but better.
I truly believe that improvements to my overall health helped lessen the PCO symptoms and in turn helped us
to conceive our baby.
I think about how I felt back then and how I feel now and I wouldn't go back. I am passionate about health
food and keeping fit. For me it's not about focussing on being thin, you can be thin and unhealthy. I think
if you get your body in good shape before trying to conceive then that is one thing in your favour, despite
any other conditions you might have.
I am sorry if my previous comments offended anyone. I think everyone of you is correct. I am going to only
post positive comments in the future.

Posted 04 October 2011 - 12:19 AM

Avatar Happyfeet

What a silly study, of course eating poor is likely to have poor affects on the bub, what a waste of time and money. Regardless of this, its just another reminder that we should be eating right anyway, for ourselves too, as well as our bubbas. I do feel sorry though for the mother's who didn't have the perfect diets pre-conception and may end up feeling guilty if their kids are over weight etc. We need to be careful too about what information we read and whether or not its valid information. While it makes sense, study's on large populations of humans rather than mice would be more convincing, even if we are similar, mice aren't humans lol!

Thanks Sarah, for bring this interesting find to our attention, this is actually the first blog of yours I've read so I look forward to reading more smile

Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:25 AM

Avatar Mizz hilz

Uummm! I have only read studies that state that pre-pregnancy diet can affect quality of the egg , and some bits about bub's health but I think mother nature is weird because a baby ( fetus ) will take nutrients it needs to survive. It is good that women are encouraged to eat health and all but I'm thinking from the aspect where by mom never had time to prepare for a pregnancy let alone have a wide range of food to her diet ( she is not from Australia by the way) but of the kids in my family have no particular illness that may have caused us to be unhealthy and mentally we all performed above average in school.This just my perspective, I think inconclusive studies put fear into people and then it triggers trends like dieting whilst pregnant!

Posted 08 June 2012 - 05:40 PM

Avatar Shohan_Poet

As far as I came to know, not only pre pregnancy diet but also during pregnancy diet is very much important for baby. I want to take some dietary supplements on this second pregnancy. I am in search of a list that what should I take as a dietary supplement. My husband told me to check http://www.pregnancysymptomscramps.com/dietary-supplements-during-pregnancy/. Is it okay to follow this? Since there are some harmful supplements for pregnant women are available somewhere.
Waiting for a helpful response.

Thanks!

Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:19 AM

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