Lately, I’ve started posting fun facts about pregnancy and postpartum health on my Instagram page. I don’t want you to miss out on any of these facts, so I’ve decided to post these facts and images on my blog in addition to Instagram.
I hope you enjoy this new series of blogs. If you’re on Instagram, come find me @rockyourhormones 🙂
It’s well-known that smoking during pregnancy should be avoided; however, did you know that smoking can be problematic during the preconception period?
Not only do couples have a harder time conceiving (potentially due to a higher loss rate of eggs, decreased sperm counts and motility and ability to fertilize the egg, etc.), but miscarriages and birth defect rates are elevated.
While quitting can be very difficult, I’d highly recommend working with a healthcare provider and support group prior to conception to make this transition more feasible.
Learn more here
We all know how important folate is for preventing neural tube defects, but did you know that choline is important too?
Choline requirements increase during pregnancy (from 425 mg to 450 mg/day) due to increased fetal demands.
However, “Researchers at Iowa State University recently reported that choline intakes for women and pregnant women are far below the adequate intake levels. Only 10% or less of these groups are eating close to the recommended amounts of choline.”
Make sure you’re consuming foods that contain choline such as egg yolks, liver, organic and grass-fed dairy (if tolerated), and meat.
By the way, choline has numerous other benefits (brain development, memory, etc.), but I just wanted to keep thing simple 🙂
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Shaw GM, Carmichael SL, Yang W, Selvin S, Schaffer DM. Periconceptional dietary intake of choline and betaine and neural tube defects in offspring. Am J Epidemiol.2004;160:102–9.