Most mothers aren’t doctors, however, and that’s where the trouble comes. It is all well and good to sit down and look at a chart that shows how much of each mineral you’re supposed to take in on a daily basis over the next nine months, but if you don’t understand what you’re reading and the effect it’s going to have on your baby then it is not going to do you a whole lot of good. More
Children grow up very fast. Before long, the almost indistinguishable speck in your womb is going to be flying down a hill on a bike with their hands in the air and driving down the interstate in your new car. Before you know it, you’ll be telling them good-bye as they start college, crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. You’ll never have the opportunity to nurture them again as you do right now, when they’re safely inside you tucked away from the outside world. This is going to be the last time in your life that it’s a piece of cake to get them to eat their vegetables, so enjoy it! You’re going to spend the next eighteen years (or even more) trying to convince them that spinach is good for them and that the slimy stuff on the outside of their carrots is just pulp, but right now you’re making all the decisions when it comes to what they eat.
Proper pregnancy nutrition is a vital factor in proper fetal development because the fetus is physically incapable of providing for itself, nor can it show any visible signs of malnourishment between monthly check-ups as a newborn can. That means that for the next nine months, it is going to be completely up to you to ensure that you eat properly, taking in the vitamins and nutrients that are going to help you give birth to a healthy, happy baby while keeping yourself healthy at the same time. Remember, the baby is going to take what it needs long before those nutrients ever have the opportunity to go through your system. By not eating properly, you’re not only harming your baby, you’re harming yourself as well. That is why it is so important that you make sure you get the vitamins and nutrients that you need for the next nine months as well. Lack of attention might still lead to a healthy baby, but the baby is not going to change themselves! Mothers need to be healthy too in order to keep up with her little bundle of joy in the coming months. Giving birth is hard enough on the body. You certainly don’t want to add malnutrition into the mix.
The problem that many women face when it comes to pregnancy nutrition is that they simply do not understand. Why? Not because they’re stupid, or because they don’t want to do what’s best for their baby. It is because most books on pregnancy, particularly those that deal with the ins and outs of nutrition for the next nine months, are written by medical professionals. That makes sense, right?
Most mothers aren’t doctors, however, and that’s where the trouble comes. It is all well and good to sit down and look at a chart that shows how much of each mineral you’re supposed to take in on a daily basis over the next nine months, but if you don’t understand what you’re reading and the effect it’s going to have on your baby then it is not going to do you a whole lot of good. You are going to spend a month, maybe two, looking at the labels on the back of your food. Then you are going to get sick of it and go back to your old eating habits, reasoning that you have always been healthy. You are taking your prenatal vitamins. What could go wrong?
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