#ICYMI Haute Mommies, a new study came out suggesting gestational diabetes (or diabetes that develops early in pregnancy) may increase women's chances of having a child with autism. The risk was seen in young children whose mothers were diagnosed with diabetes during the most crucial period of fetal brain development. Reasons for the potential link are uncertain but it’s possible that exposure to high levels of blood sugar from the mother disrupt fetal brain growth, especially in brain regions important for communication and social behavior, said study co-author Dr. Edward Curry, a learning and behavior specialist for Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California.
So we've hit up Dr. Daddy, Dr. David Heber - Founding Director Of UCLA Center Of Human Nutrition - to see how to stay as healthy as possible during pregnancy.
Here are his TOP 5 TIPS:
1. Eat a healthy diet with low fat protein at every meal and colorful fruits and vegetables.
2. Do some form of exercise approved for pregnancy such as yoga or pregnancy pilates
3. Take your prenatal vitamin with folic acid and omega-3 supplement from a fish oil or DHA supplement daily.
4. Take calcium and vitamin D so that your bones stay healthy as your baby grows.
5. Get enough sleep, rest, and relaxation, because things will get busy when the baby arrives.
For more information on the study, check out Healthline.com