A healthy life void of diseases begins with proper nutrition from conception. The importance of nutrition during pregnancy is only now being highlighted with evidence that the mother’s nutrition during pregnancy affects the baby’s health outcome 40-50 years later. With proper nutrition showing less risk of diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases. Mirna Sabbagh, Nutritionist at myPediaclinic – Dubai Health Care City discusses proper nutrition during pregnancy in this interview.
Should the mother avoid any foods during pregnancy?
Mother’s should avoid foods that may cause food borne illnesses such as raw fish or meat, and raw vegetables or fruits that may carry bacteria due to improper cleaning or handling. In addition to food that may cause excessive weight gain such as butter, sugars, refined grains.
How does excessive weight gain affect pregnancy?
Excessive weight gain not only affects labor outcomes. It also affects the mother’s health throughout pregnancy putting her at risk of hypertension or gestational diabetes which may have consequences at later stages. In addition to affecting the health of the baby. This is not to mention that the mother’s body will take a longer time to go back to repregnancy weight, leaving the mother feeling blue postpartum.