A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine issued the conclusion that a healthier diet before and during pregnancy correlates to a lower risk of birth defects in infants. While the emphasis is often on folic acid as a staple for prenatal women during the first trimester to prevent birth defects, the researchers concluded that many people forget that adequate nutrition is more than getting particular foods, it’s getting the right combinations of foods.
The study was conducted by Stanford University researchers to determine if a mother’s diet had any effect on two particular birth defects: orofacial clefts and neural tube defects. They collected diet information from women in ten states with due dates between October 1997 to December 2005. Their conclusion was that a healthy, well-rounded diet could reduce the instances of birth defects in infants. While vitamins like folic acid are still very important, other researchers who have viewed the report conclude that the study’s findings prove that no matter your age, sex, or condition in life—pregnant or not—a healthy diet is crucial to you and your children’s well-being.
The providers at Abraham Medical Cosmetics understand the importance of overall well-being including a healthy diet. We also know that decoding the mixed messages of food marketing, choosing the healthy options, and knowing what’s good is often harder than it looks. Our expertly trained providers can help you formulate an eating plan for you and your family that works with your lifestyle and medical needs. No matter your current lifestyle we can work with you to ensure you and your family members are receiving adequate nutrition to help ensure health for life.
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