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Nutrition is critical before during and after pregnancy. It is important because everything that the child needs for development is coming from or stored inside the mother. So before conception it is critical that the mother have high stores of fat nutrients which include a wide array of vitamins and minerals and even water and fat. Minerals such as potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium… are critical to tissue development without them tissue cannot form properly. Without proper levels of B vitamins namely B6 or folic acid the neural tube that becomes the brain and spinal cord will not form properly. Without Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) or omega 3, 6, and 9 the brain, spinal cord, and nerves as well as many other organs will not be able to form properly. Once pregnant it is imperative that the nutrients stay high in order to fully allow for not only development of the child but for function of the mothers body. After birth it is also important to monitor the nutrient intake so that breast feeding will be full of fat and nutrients for the child. This is also a concern for the mother, if nutrient levels are not kept high then depression and exhaustion will set in. It is important to remember that nutrients and calories and thus weight do not go together. In fact proper nutrition and breast feeding will reduce excess weight faster than any other form or post pregnancy dieting.
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