The importance of a well-balanced diet during pregnancy : Preventable risk factors

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All these recommendations about macro and micronutrients are great but very difficult to follow. So what concequences could happen if a pregnant woman underfed or overfed herself and her unborn child ?

But much more important, what could happen if a pregnant woman does not care about what she puts into her mouth ? In addition to an inappropriate nourishment, cigarettes, alcohol, and even caffeine are a concern during gestational and lactation periods. Continue reading

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The importance of a well-balanced diet during pregnancy : Micronutrients

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As we have seen in the « Macronutrients article », Carbohydrates, fats and proteins cannot work alone. Once the sources are ingested, macronutrients need help to begin their metabolization and that is when the Micronutrients come into play.

Moreover, during pregnancy and lactation, nutritional requirement increase to support fetal and infant growth as well as maternal metabolism and tissue development specific to reproduction. Therefore, in order to provide the nutritional requirements and avoid fetal growth retardation and congenital anomalies, a proper vitamins and minerals intake is essential. Continue reading