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How much did you think about what you ate while pregnant affecting your developing baby?
February 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Amazing Look at Pregnancy From the Inside Is Beautiful & Scary (VIDEO)

Posted by Adriana Velez 
on January 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM

fetusIt's been almost a decade since I was pregnant, and I can't believe how much ultrasounds have changed. You see so much more detail now! It's incredible. And that goes for other kinds of imaging. Digital imaging lets us see our babies' development in amazing detail.

Alexander Tsiaras is a dad and a scientist who works with digital imaging to study fetal development. He wants you to see this gorgeous video of a fertilized cell developing into a baby. But he also wants us to know that getting such a close-up view has totally changed how he sees pregnancy. And what he's seeing has got him worried. We know that we need to eat healthy when we're pregnant. But could we actually be poisoning our babies by eating the wrong food?

Tsiaras is worried about what he calls metabolic disorders: Those symptoms like high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes that put us at risk for more serious stuff like stroke, heart disease, and kidney disease. He says we can make our babies more likely to get those metabolic disorders through own own lifestyle choices when we're pregnant.

Now I view pregnancy not as a perfectly loving mobile spa, but rather, as a fragile environment, one that must be kept healthy at all costs if a developing fetus is ever to be allowed to experience the delicate imperative of each of its genes.

In other words, if you think your eating habits only affect you during pregnancy, you're wrong. They're affecting your baby, too.

More from The Stir: 20 Pregnancy Symptoms They Don't Warn You About

I just want to say here that part of me kind of hates this kind of news -- those scolding posts that guilt moms over the foods that they eat. That said, what do we do with this information? Here's how Tsiaras puts it:

In visualizing these culprits, our research has led us to point the finger at refined nutrients -- particularly refined sugars and refined starches. These toxins -- coupled with chronic stress, chronic sleeplessness, and inactivity -- are defying all of the medical strides that we've made in the last few decades.

So -- sugar and starch are the bad guys as usual. Soda and fast food French fries. All the medical and technological advances of the past several years aren't keeping up with the damage we're doing with our lifestyles! Yikes.

But doctors have been telling us to eat healthy for ages. This idea of eating healthy for the baby isn't new. It's just becoming easier for us to SEE. Anyway, it's some food for thought while we enjoy his cool video showing the development of a baby from conception to birth.

How much did you think about what you ate while pregnant affecting your developing baby?


Image via TED


  • meam4444
    February 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM

     I think about it a lot.  Right now though, I am in survival mode with morning sickness...I will eat whatever and drink whatever to keep me going.

  • heartagram_girl
    February 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM

     I think about it all the time. I weight my cravings vs what my unborn son needs most. I am eating much more healthy than I have in years. And I dont know if that has helped, but my pregnancy has been easy breezy- maybe 2 days of morning sickness, no pains, GD screen came back good, etc. If I am ever unsure if what I want to eat may pose any risk, I call my doc and ask her.

    I feel what is best for my son is best for me. He is more important right now- his development is much more important than my craving for an extra greasy bacon cheeseburger. But at the same time, since I am very careful with what I eat, I can splurge a bit but on the healthy side- frozen yogurt with whipped cream, fresh fruit with cheese and pretzels, grilled chicken instead of fried.

    A positive side affect- I finally have the motivation to eat healthy and get more exercise.

  • GoddessNDaRuff
    February 12, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I don't. I'm not going to drive myself crazy and completely shift gears because I'm pregnant. I eat healthy enough as is. Any changes are going to be because I'm making a conscious lifestyle change for the long term, not just during pregnancy.

  • LaughingTattoo
    February 12, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    I eat what I want, always have. My kids have been fine. On another note....did anyone find the video/music creepy as hell???

  • Autumn19
    February 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM
    i ate what i wanted
  • boshs1andonly
    February 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I had a few weeks like that. I was like, it can't be worse that starving because I can't keep anything down. I was pretty good the rest of the time though, if I always ate like that I'm sure I'd be that much better off lol 

    Quoting meam4444:

     I think about it a lot.  Right now though, I am in survival mode with morning sickness...I will eat whatever and drink whatever to keep me going.

  • jheggel1
    February 12, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    I think "the scolding posts that guilt moms over what they eat" do more harm than good. I think it's pretty rare that a mother eats so terribly that it will affect her baby negatively. All the alarmist obsession with micromanaging a pregnancy strikes me as unnecessary. Women are driving themselves crazy with this stuff-- you know what I think is probably more harmful than eating what you want during pregnancy? Being hyper-aware and hyper-stressed about what you're eating (or anything for that matter) during pregnancy. Relax and enjoy the experience! 

  • NikkiL
    by NikkiL
    February 12, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I have to think about what I eat every meal, and snack. I have gestational diabities. I am forced to eat healthy. haha

  • doulala
    by doulala
    February 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    I thought about everything I ate (logged a lot of it).   As well as the environments I exposed myself too, etc.   I am a really natural birther so I want to ward off unnecessary risks and avoid complications, this really helps!     :-)

  • wkukid
    by wkukid
    February 13, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    I try to only eat fruits, veggies and light meats, and a few carbs. Drinking mostly milk and juice. Sometimes a craving gets to me.


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