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Tubal Reversal: Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnancy-NutritionDue to Dr. Morice’s high tubal reversal success rates, we often have pregnancies to celebrate in the office. We also often advise our patients on healthy habits during pregnancy. These are important to practice whether or not you have had a tubal reversal.

One of the most important factors in a baby’s health is the mother’s diet during her pregnancy. This morning, two interesting articles on pregnancy nutrition were published.

The first article discussed a research study that found that that Irish women who were pregnant over the summer were more likely to have babies with longer thighbones due to their increased vitamin D levels from being out in the sun.  The researchers followed 30 winter pregnancies and 30 summer pregnancies and measured the woman’s vitamin D levels at different stages throughout the pregnancy. The women with the lowest levels of vitamin D had babies with slightly shorter thighbones than those with higher levels. The study’s author, Professor McAuliffe,states, “deficiencies in vitamin D during pregnancy can lead to reduced bone growth in babies before birth and poor bone development in early childhood.” (Source)

The second study, published in the March 2013 issue of The FASEB Journal, suggests that eating junk food during pregnancy may lead to their babies being more tolerant to junk food once born. The study found that a diet high in fat and sugar canalter the development of the opioid pathway in an unborn baby’s brain, making the baby less sensitive to opioids. Opioids are released when eating foods that are high in fat or sugar. A child with a brain that is less sensitive to opioids will need to eat more junk food to receive the “feel good” response associated with such foods.

Both of these studies are clear examples of how a woman’s diet can have lasting effects on the health of her baby.

So what should a pregnant woman eat? A healthy diet during pregnancy is much like a healthy diet at any other stage of life.  Some suggestions are:

  • Eat a balanced diet of washed fruits, washed vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. A varied diet helps ensure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you and your baby need.
  • A prenatal vitamin helps ensure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals needed, such as folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin D. Speak with your doctor to see if you need this supplement.
  • Make sure you are getting enough calcium from calcium-rich foods such as yogurt and milk.
  • Eat iron-rich foods such as lean meats and spinach to ensure you’re getting at least 27mg of iron a day.
  • Avoid cigarettes, caffeine, alcohol, and even herbal teas, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • Avoid soft cheeses and raw fish.
  • Avoid high-fat and high-sugar foods. (Source)

Again, these are important guidelines whether of not you have had tubal reversal surgery with Dr. Morice. (Source) Be sure to discuss pregnancy nutrition with your doctor, as all patients are different and have different needs.

If you are interested in having a tubal reversal, please contact our office at (985) 207-BABY or email us at drmorice@mybabydoc.com. You can also learn more about the Atchafalaya clinic, Dr. Morice, and tubal reversal surgery on our website.

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