Low-carbohydrate diet during pregnancy

Low-Carb Diets Boost Risk of Serious Birth Defects.

Following a low-carbohydrate diet during pregnancy may increase a woman’s risk of having a baby with serious birth defects According to the researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests.

It found that women with low carbohydrate intake are 30 percent more likely to have babies with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida (malformations of the spine and spinal cord) and anencephaly (absence of major portions of the brain and skull), that can lead to lifelong disability and infant death, when compared with women who do not restrict their carbohydrate intake.

This finding reinforces the importance for women who may become pregnant to talk to the dietitian and nutritionist about any special diets or eating behaviors they routinely practice.

Nutrients that minimizes the risk of neural tube defects.

Folic acid is an essential nutrient that minimizes the risk of neural tube defects.

Folic acid includes leafy green vegetables, such as spinach; citrus fruits, such as orange juice; beans; and fortified bread, cereals, rice, and pasta.

Starchy foods: Base your main meals on starchy foods, with about a third of your plate being carbohydrates. Choose whole grain or wholemeal carbohydrates when you can, so opt for whole grain pasta and rice, and wholemeal bread, over their white equivalents.

Wholegrain carbohydrates are a good source of energy, fiber, calcium, iron and B vitamins, which are all important during pregnancy. And high-fiber foods can help to ease constipation, which is common in pregnancy. They can also help you to feel fuller for longer, as your body digests them more slowly than white varieties, so you get more steady levels of energy.

Sugar is another form of carbohydrate; it’s not a good source of nutrients. Foods that contain sugar, such as cakes, tend to also contain saturated fat. Try not to have food and drink that is high-sugar and high-fat in pregnancy. This will help you to avoid gaining too much weight.

Look for the carbohydrates (of which sugars) figure on the label to see how much sugar a food or drink contains. More than 15g of total sugars per 100g is high, while 5g or less of total sugars per 100g is low.

At Lina’s & Dina’s Diet Center, we have a program that is especially for pregnant women and it called  “pregnant women’s  program” Through this program, we provide the best information to protect women and it is fetus growth and development. We provide the best diet for pregnant women including consuming five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, eat whole grains food, fat-free or low-fat milk and consume protein from healthy source etc…

And take regular exercise. During this time, all requirements that pregnant women are available in our program in order to help them eat healthily and better manage their weight.

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