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Nutrition During Pregnancy Guidelines

A balanced nutrition during pregnancy is very important for a healthy baby. The optimal nutritional support a mother and her developing fetus begins before conception. This poses a challenge for paediatricians caring for pregnant adolescents. Approximately 1 million teenagers become pregnant in the United States each year. Out of these, 51% end in live births, 35% end in induced abortion, and 14% result in a miscarriage or stillbirth.

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Audra Meadows, MD, MPH, an obstetrician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, helps patients optimize their health before, during and after pregnancy. Here are 12 tips from Dr. Meadows to help you increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

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Thalidomide: The Tragedy of Birth Defects & the Treatment
  1. Thalidomide was first marketed to health professionals as a sedative.
  2. However, its use rapidly increased amongst pregnant women due to the drug’s ability to alleviate morning sickness.
  3. Soon after its rise in popularity, medical professionals began to note a series of congenital mutations in children born from mothers who used the drug during pregnancy, resulting in the thalidomide tragedy
  4. Many children in the 1960's, were born with phocomelia as a side effect of the drug thalidomide

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General Muscular Development
  1. Nutrition plays a key role in the process of muscular development.
  2. It’s generally accepted that for optimal muscle growth to occur, protein intake should be rather high at around 0.7–1.0 grams per pound (1.6–2.2 grams per kg) of body weight per day.
  3. A calorie surplus of 10–20% is also beneficial for gaining muscle mass, especially for those who are not brand new to training.

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