Babies health from 0 to adulthood depends on the mother nutritional status. Planning to get pregnant? get ready and healthy!

The neonatal immunity starts from pre-conception to gestational time.

If the mother is undernourished, or depleted in the essential nutrients, such as the microminerals and macro-minerals, as well as the vitamins and essential fatty acids, it will negatively impact the health of the baby they are carrying or will carry if planned or unplanned pregnancy occur.

Studies have shown that if the mother taking just a normal multivitamin throughout the pregnancy and folic acid, before and during, as well as lactation, the health of the baby is greater and their birth rate also is at a good weight.

According to the same studies, a low birth rate, from less than 5.5 LB (2.5kg) has shown to be increasing the risk of developing a metabolic syndrome (Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. (Dr Nigel Plummer webinar 20.4.22)

Even one kg above the low birth rate, can reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome (or Syndrome X).

Unhealthy lifestyle in the mother during pregnancy, has shown to increase metabolic syndrome in the developing baby in their adulthood.

Some of the main nutrients if low in the mother can lead to pre-eclampsia and possibly gestational diabetes, according to the type of diet the mother has during pregnancy, including drinking fizzy drinks or sugary food and drinks.

Long term studies on pregnancy and the developing of the baby, have shown that there is a window of flexibility where the baby genetic (Epigenetic), can change and stop any possible unhealthy gene to be triggered, hence the baby will have a much healthy life than they would otherwise. If the mother does not change the unhealthy habit or increase her nutritional status, the baby will be stuck with a thrifty phenotype and could develop the disorders and diseases as in the metabolic syndrome and more. (Dr Nigel Plummer 20.4.22).

According to some studies there is a window of flexibility during the gestational time where the health of the baby can be changed, once they are born, the baby might be stuck with a thrifty phenotype and hence have their disease already marked (I believe that due to nutrigenomics anything can change if done from birth to adulthood).

Usually, the main organs that will be affected by the mother’s malnutrition will be the pancreas, kidney and brain.

If you are planning to get pregnant or you are pregnant, get healthy, if not for yourself, for your own unborn child! The lifetime health of your child start from 0 to 1000 days after they are born, (from 0 to 2 years old)!

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher-

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