As a follow on from my earlier post (Pregnancy Myth Buster) you should be aware by now that not all fats are equal. It will not do your body any good to avoid all sources of fat. Certain types of fat are extremely valuable, and essential to our bodies, despite common myth! Not getting enough fat in our diets can result in any number of the following conditions: Dry scaly skin, hair loss, poor immune function-leading to lower resistance to infection, low body weight, cold intolerance, bruising, poor growth, poor wound healing and loss of menstruation.
Have you ever wondered if taking all those prenatal vitamins is really worth the effort?
Well, researchers from the University of California Davis have produced a study, to be published in July in the online edition of Epidemiology, which found that women who took their prenatal vitamins before getting pregnant or during the first month of pregnancy were half as likely to give birth to an autistic child, but moms who didn’t start taking the pills until they were two months pregnant didn’t receive any benefits when it came to warding off the developmental disorder, the Los Angeles Times reports. In other words, the sooner you start taking them, the better.
Researcher comments on the findings,
“The good news is that if this finding is replicated, it will provide an inexpensive, relatively simple evidence-based action that women can take to reduce risks for their child, which is to take prenatal vitamins as early as possible in a pregnancy and even when planning for pregnancy”, Hertz-Picciotto – Co-Author of study.