Sunday, 29 July 2012

Health tips for Pregnancy ladies

Health tips for Pregnancy ladies: (Choline For smarter babies):

What is choline?

Choline is an organic compound, classified as a water-soluble necessary nutrient and usually grouped within the vitamin B complex(Other common name(s): thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid or folate (B9), cobalamin (B12)). Although discovered in the late 18th century, choline was not recognized as a prime nutrient that is essential for human health until recently.

Choline is an important nutrient for pregnant and breastfeeding women. It has been shown to influence the brain and spinal cord structure and lifelong memory function. Studies show that almost not many are familiar with the nutrient and its benefits.

Benefits of choline:

1. Higher intakes of dietary choline have been shown to be related to lower plasma Homocysteine (An amino acid present in the blood) levels. This is beneficial because elevated plasmaHomocysteine is a known risk factor for Cardiovascular (Involving heart and blood vessels) disease,
Dementia (Decline of reasoning, memory and other mental abilities) and Alzheimer’s disease (An irreversible, progressive

   brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills).

2. Choline strengthens the cell membranes all over the body.

3. Research shows that women who put away higher amounts of dietary choline have a reduced risk of breast cancer.

4. It is a imperative chemical component of the nerve messaging system.

5. Choline is needed for many of life’s most basic functions including normal functioning of all cells, liver metabolism and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body.

How much of choline is enough?

Human choline requirements

    Life stage     Adequate intake (mg/day)


    0–6 months     125

    7–12 months     150


    1–3 years     200

    4–8 years     250


    9–13 years     375

    >13 years     550


    9–13 years     375

    14–18 years     400

    >19 years     425

Pregnant     450

Lactating     550

Choline during pregnancy and lactation( Secretion or formation of milk by the mammary glands and/or The period during which the mammary glands secrete milk):

1. As choline is part of all cells, it is necessary to support growth during infancy too; nursing mothers need more choline than pregnant women. So do not stop once your baby is born, especially if you are breastfeeding. Not only because you will need all the memory help you can get then, but because your baby's brain is growing at a fast rate even after birth.

2. Choline is an more than ever important nutrient for pregnant and breastfeeding women as these are periods when maternal reserves of choline are depleted. Pregnancy is a time where the mother actively transports the nutrients to the Fetus.

3. Choline works with folate to help support brain and memory development in growing fetuses and newborn infants.

4. Choline helps to reduce the risk of Neural tube defects (NTDs) that form very early in pregnancy, often before a woman knows she is pregnant.

5. Choline helps improve brain function and is the building block for a memory-forming brain chemical called acetyl choline. It also plays a essential role in the development of your baby’s brain, where the growth is at its hit the highest point     especially during the last Trimester. This brain-boosting nutrient during pregnancy can boost the cognitive function of both your baby and you.

1 comment:

  1. The choice of food varies greatly it is important to meet the needs of good nutrition for pregnant women and for infants who were conceived. Try to eat:• Vegetables and fruits, whole wheat bread, cereals in bulk• Low-fat dairy products and lean meats in moderation•

    Dr. Maureen Muoneke MD