It is a well-known fact that the nutritional value of your diet is going to have an effect on your infant’s health before, during, and after pregnancy. Your diet must be balanced in order to supply nutrients to your changing body and facilitate your unborn baby’s growth. However, if you consume too many foods that are high in sugars and carbohydrates, it can cause your baby to gain an excessive amount of weight.
The Third Trimester
The third trimester is the last stage of your pregnancy, and it is the one that is considered the most critical when it comes to the growth of your baby. During this time the baby will acquire approximately half of its total body weight, and essential lung and brain development occurs. The foodstuffs you consume will have a direct impact on the baby’s weight and development. According to recommendations from the American Pregnancy Association, you should be gaining one pound each week through the last trimester. While weight gain is normal, eating an abundance of sugary and refined foods will have a negative effect on the health of your child.
Sugar Intake & Gestational Diabetes
In April of 2002, a study was published in The Journal of Reproductive Medicine that revealed the impact of gestational diabetes on both the mother and the forming child. Excess amounts of sugar in the mother’s bloodstream from an unbalanced diet had a negative impact on the unborn child. As a result of the high sugar levels, the baby’s body produced too much insulin, which lowered the baby’s blood glucose levels. The extra insulin caused babies to grow too large, which is a condition known as macrosomia. The large size of the child caused more complications during deliver for both the baby and the mother.
In a similar fashion, research conducted by The Mayo Clinic has found that unbalanced sugar control can cause an increase in a woman’s risk of suffering a miscarriage, a stillbirth, or of the child being born with birth defects. Other conditions that an expectant mother can develop from high sugar levels include preeclampsia and high blood pressure.
If you follow healthy eating habits while your baby is still in the womb, then these early patterns are going to set the foundation for an improved quality of life for your child. Your diet must be balanced, but it must also avoid certain foods; Uncooked meat, suspicious seafood, and caffeine could potentially harm your baby. As an expectant mother, you must also avoid exposure to alcohol, cigarette smoke, drugs, and certain medications.
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