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Clinical Nutrition For Dummies by Michael Rovito

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Chapter 15

Having a Baby? Pre- and Post-Natal Nutrition

In This Chapter

arrow Learning about the conception period

arrow Understanding the role of healthy lifestyle habits in producing a healthy pregnancy

arrow Establishing dietary guidelines to create the healthiest pregnancy possible

arrow Identifying specific nutritional needs of both the mother and the father

Whether you are trying to get pregnant, you currently are pregnant, or you just had a baby, maintaining a healthy lifestyle for yourself can help ensure a healthy lifestyle for your child(-ren). It is essential that mothers (particularly expectant mothers) do what they can — eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and engage in exercise — to provide the healthiest environment possible for their babies.

Although mothers are often the focus, fathers aren't off the hook. They also have to ensure that they're leading the best lives possible before, during, and after the births of their children. Doing so is the best way to help shepherd in healthy lifestyles for their families. Just because dads don't physically carry or give birth to their babies doesn't ...

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