Get Informed on Prenatal Nutrition

March 1, 2017

If you’ve come across this blog, chances are you are thinking about becoming pregnant…or may even already be pregnant. In either case, it is never too early to get informed on prenatal nutrition.

In fact, 51% of annual pregnancies in the United States are unintended or not planned.1 And reportedly one is six pregnancies, nearly 1 million each year, are estimated to occur in women who report using oral contraceptives.2 This means that women of child-bearing age should educate themselves on proper parental nutrition because they may be faced with a surprise pregnancy.

But even women who may be planning a pregnancy may not be as informed as they should be as to the critical role that certain nutrients play in early pregnancy.3 One of the most critical nutrients in early pregnancy is folic acid. This form of folate plays a key role in supporting the development of a baby’s brain and closure of the neural tube, which is the precursor to the central nervous system.4,5 The neural tube eventually becomes the baby’s spine. The development and closure of the neural tube occurs between day 14 and 28 of pregnancy.6

Taking prenatal vitamins one month before conception can help a woman build reserves of folic acid and other important nutrients. Designed for the needs of both mothers and babies, the Prenate® Vitamin Family helps fill nutritional gaps unable to be met by diet alone. In addition to taking a daily prenatal vitamin, women should look to align their diet with proper prenatal nutrition recommendations.

Thankfully good prenatal nutrition is similar to the same recommendations that one should follow for a balanced diet and overall health. Generally speaking, women should consume 2,000 calories a day through preconception and the first-trimester to maintain a healthy weight. This should be made up of fruit, vegetables, dairy, whole grains and lean protein. In addition, women should limit sodium, saturated fats, added sugars and alcohol.

If you are over-weight or under-weight the caloric intake would vary. Similarly the amount of each food group is dependent on your age and activity level. If you’re not sure how much of each food group to each, the US Department of Agriculture provides online calculate to find the daily checklist of your specific food group goals. You can find it here: https://www.choosemy- plate.gov/myplate-daily-checklist-input/spanish

If these guidelines seem way off-base from your current habits, don’t worry. Small changes over time can form the foundation of new health habits. Here are some tips to help you adjust your nutrition and lifestyle:

  • Create an eating style with a variety of healthy foods
  • Cook meals at home when possible with healthier foods
  • Practice portion control. Quantity is just as important as food quality.
  • Find a variety of activities that you enjoy. Mix it up and get active most days of the week.
  • Consult with your healthcare provider or a dietician to find a nutrition plan that works for
    your lifestyle and health needs.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

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