Pregnancy diet

Pregnancy diet

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Pregnancy is a phase in the life of a woman where whatever she takes in is of utmost importance. She needs to pay attention to her health as well as the unborn child

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1. Too Much Caffeine

Caffeine is easily absorbed by the pregnant mother and passes very quickly to your baby.

Unfortunately, an unborn baby does not have the main enzyme needed to metabolize caffeine and high levels in the mother can easily build up in the baby.

A baby exposed to too much caffeine during pregnancy are at higher risk of poor growth and  also more likely to develop chronic diseases in adulthood, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease .

For these reasons, pregnant women are encouraged to limit their caffeine intake to  about 2–3 cups of coffee and if possible abstain from coffee.

2. Alcohol

Alcohol is one of the most common causes of birth defects. When consumed during the first trimester, it may also increase the risk of miscarriage

Alcohol can also cause fetal alcohol syndrome, which leads to facial deformities, heart defects and mental retardation

Since it’s difficult to estimate the lowest safe level of intake, the best approach is for pregnant women to avoid alcohol completely.

3. Low-Calorie Diet Items and Junk Food

Your body needs more calories and nutrients to support the growth of the baby.

However, low-calorie “diet” foods lack the extra calories you need.

However,  junk foods may provide too many calories and encourage overeating. This can lead to excess weight gain, which increases the likelihood of birth complications .

It also increases the risk of having an overweight child who is more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and heart disease later in life

Finally, both low-calorie diet foods and junk foods lack the nutrients your body needs to support the normal development of your baby.

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Toluse Francis was born in Nigeria. He is passionate about seeing people live productive lives. He has over the years helped people understand the basics of nutrition and how it affects their lives through writing, speaking and coaching. He obtained his Bachelors degree from Bowen University, Osun State Nigeria. He obtained diplomas in Mental Health and Human Nutrition respectively from Alison Educational Institute in the Republic of Ireland. He is a Certified Life Coach using Neuro-Liguistic Tool by the Amercan Union of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He helps people live through the past or present that may want to threaten their future. This is seen in his mental health help to people ranging from eating disorders to depression, low self-esteem to mention just a few He is deeply moved towards the total wellness of the human race. He operates with philosophy prevention being better than cure His health approach is a blend of healthy eating with mind-set reshaping. He believes diseases and illness can be prevented if we all eat the right thing in the right way and at the right time He is the author is Eat Fit: a Nutritional Blueprint for Healthy Living as well as on Amazon stores worldwide. A Blogger, writer and speaker. He blogs and has his podcasts called the Eat Fit Podcast at tolufrancis.com as well as iTunes. He has written several ebooks as well and has facilitated several online and offline sessions He is the founder of The Eat Fit Academy​ Volunteering for Solid Foundation Teens and Youth Ministry since 2008 as a teen educator and counsellor. Interested in Leadership, productivity, mental health, excellence and healthy lifestyle. He has held various leadership positions in religious and secular spheres He is a two time nominee by the Nigerian Writers Award in the Health Writer of the Year Category and a recipient of the Nigeria Blogs Awards 2015 as Health Blogger of the Year. He loves to travel, design websites, take up challenges and help people. You can reach him through the various social media platforms​. Toluse resides in Lagos, South West Nigeria.