If you take a look around the world, you’ll see that there are an ever increasing number of adults and children who struggle with overweight, high blood pressure, cancerous diseases or some kind of eating disorder. On a happier note, more and more people are taking charge of their health, paying conscious attention to what they eat or drink, how much they exercise and how they balance their mental health. Preparing for motherhood is an especially sensitive period in a woman’s life, but it is also one when it is easier to change our habits for the better.
It is important that a woman lead a conscious lifestyle even before the planned pregnancy in order to prepare her body for accommodating and then giving birth to a healthy baby.
Equally important it is to note that the responsibility lies not only on the shoulders of the would-be mother: the father and the family must also be partners in this, since the family background and the parental pattern play a critical role in raising children to be healthy. During the preparation period, the parents should give up any harmful addictions (such as smoking, regular and abundant alcohol consumption, drugs), and establish a lifestyle that can provide optimal conditions for the development of the child to be born.
It is highly advisable for would-be mothers to manage their weight (whether by losing or gaining those kilos), to fill up their iron reserves and to make sure that they have a sufficient intake of folic acid. In order to prevent possible health complications and health damage to the fetus, they need to include in their diet vitamins, minerals and trace elements (e.g. folic acid, vitamins B6, B12 and C, calcium, zinc and iodine) in the appropriate proportion. Strive to adhere to the nutrient intake recommendations for expectant mothers already before the pregnancy.