The quality and quantity of a mother’s diet can help avoid pregnancy complications like pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes.1 Moreover, an infant’s growth and development depends directly on its mother’s diet. Eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients results in a healthier infant. Research suggests that a healthy diet may also reduce the risk of chronic diseases later in life. When diet is not enough, prenatal supplements should be used to fill nutrient gaps.
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1. Perkins, A. V. and J. J. Vanderlelie (2016 epub). “Multiple micronutrient supplementation and birth outcomes: The potential importance of selenium.” Placenta.Simmons, D. (2015). “Prevention of gestational diabetes mellitus: Where are we now?” Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism 17(9): 824-834.