Pregnancy Habits for Your Baby's Health
Pregnancy comes with aches, pains, and cravings. While it's not a bad idea to eat the pickles and ice cream that you have been craving, or spend the day relaxing your sore back muscles, those common pregnancy desires may need to take a back seat as you focus on not only your health, but how your habits during pregnancy can promote your baby's health. Here are a few things you can do during your pregnancy to support your child's lifelong wellness.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Pregnant women may joke that they are "eating for two," but it's no laughing matter. When you're pregnant, the food you eat really is your baby's main source of nourishment. And your baby needs all the energy it can get to do important things—like grow. Pregnant women need to eat more calories, with a focus on healthful calories and a nutritionally-balanced diet. After all, your nutritional habits during pregnancy are "directly linked to a higher chance of a normal birth-weight, improving fetal brain development, and reducing the risk of many birth defects," as well as a reduced chance of pregnancy complications1.
A healthy diet goes hand in hand with exercise to promote your baby's health. A study at the University of Montreal2 shows a connection between regular, moderate exercise and enhanced brain development of babies. In as sort a time as 20 minutes a day, three times a week, you can exercise your way to developmental benefits for your child, as well as an easier delivery! After all, the miracle of birth is taxing on your muscles, and maintaining physical fitness during pregnancy helps your body be prepared for the demands of labor.
Arrange for Cord Blood Storage
As your due date draws near, don't forget to make arrangements for your baby's health after he or she is born. Choose a cord blood bank, like Genecord, to collect and store your baby's umbilical cord blood after delivery. This cord blood is rich in non-controversial stem cells that can help treat a range of illnesses and ailments throughout your child's life.
2. Brynie, F. (2013) Exercise during pregnancy aids infant's brain development. Psychology Today. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-sense/201311/exercise-during-pregnancy-aids-infants-brain-development