7 out of 10 pregnant women do not follow the nutrition advice for pregnancy

The concern for the welfare of the children begins long before they are born. The pregnancy it is a stage of vital importance since during it the life develops that in 9 months it will be united to the rest of the home. Many are the tips that specialists give to ensure the well-being of the baby that is in the womb and the mother who is developing it.

One of the clearest examples is how a woman's diet changes during the pregnancy. The recommendations of the specialists indicate some prohibitions and advise to include other dishes in the menu of the pregnant woman. But are these indications fulfilled? According to data from the VIII CinfaSalud Study "Perception and habits of Spanish women during pregnancy", 7 out of 10 women do not.

3 out of 10 do not change their diet

The sample of this study was composed of 2,400 women from our country with children up to 4 years old who answered questions related to their pregnancy and the practices carried out during it. In this way, the data revealed that 7 out of 10 women surveyed, 69.7%, did not follow adequate habits in relation to their diet during pregnancy.

In fact, 3 out of 10 Spanish pregnant women, 26,7%, he has not made any changes to his diet during this period and there are cases where he has even worsened (6.1%). Another problem related to pregnancy is the attention to hydration since the results of the research highlighted that 69.2% did not pay as much attention as they should to the recommended intake of fluids.

What this study does reflect is that there is a greater awareness at the time of avoiding the most conflicting foods in pregnancy and that represent a high risk: raw meats and fish, unpasteurized dairy, etc. In fact, this is the nutritional habit that most pregnant women follow, being fulfilled by 58.3% of the participants.

Other practices in pregnancy

This study also asked mothers about their practices during pregnancy in areas such as exercise or using prohibited products such as tobacco. Physical activity is very widespread among the women who participated in this study, since 69.3% of the respondents acknowledged exercising mild or moderate (for example, walking one hour a day).

Single 3 out of 10 women They confessed that they did not perform any type of exercise and 0.4% revealed that they continued to perform the same intense practices at a professional level. As in the field of exercise, Spanish pregnant women also seem to be aware of the importance of not smoking during this stage of their lives.

A 89,95% of those surveyed indicated that during pregnancy she avoided this practice and 16.8% revealed that she took advantage of these moments to be able to stop smoking. Data that is also repeated in the case of alcohol, only 1.8% of the participants confessed to continue drinking while they had the baby in their womb.

Damián Montero

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