Thursday, June 27, 2013

How to have bigger and healthier babies?

The best way for pregnant women to have a healthy baby is to live a healthy lifestyle and remember that what you eat, baby eats too. The food you consume is your baby's major source of nutrition. All the expectant moms wish to have bigger and healthier babies, but one big question arises that how it’s possible? Pregnant women who take an iron supplements daily have considerably bigger and healthier babies, as per a new study. Study found that taking iron during pregnancy is connected with a noteworthy raise in birth weight, and a decrease in risk of low birth weight.

How to have bigger and healthier babies?

A research from Harvard University stated that taking iron supplements daily during pregnancy can lessen the chances of having a small baby and also anaemia - low red blood cell count. Iron supplements are not given to pregnant women in the UK until their iron levels appear to be low. The most common nutritional deficiency in the world is Iron deficiency - the most widespread cause of anaemia during pregnancy, mainly in poorer countries, and it affects nearly 32 million pregnant women worldwide.

Researchers in Britain and the U.S. examined the results of above 90 randomized trials and studies that involved almost 2 million pregnant women in countries including China and Tanzania. It was found that iron use improved a mother's average haemoglobin levels and considerably decreased the risk of anaemia. No reduction in the risk of premature birth due to iron use was found by researchers.

Presently, a maximum of 60mg per day of iron is suggested for pregnant women by the World Health Organisation. With each 10mg of iron taken daily, birth weight was found to rise by 15g, risk of low birth weight decreased by 3% and risk of maternal anaemia was 12% lower. The researchers told that approaching research should explore "feasible strategies of iron delivery” in addition to evaluation of the efficiency of other strategies like fortification and dietary diversification.


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