Top 5 Reasons You Should Enjoy Carbohydrates While Pregnant

  1. Decrease In Birth Defects

 

Romper reported on a new study that shows your baby will thank you for grabbing that whole-grain bagel:

A team of researchers out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (so you know who to thank) recently published some new information about the effect of carbohydrates on pregnant women in the journal Birth Defects Research. The researchers, led by study author Tania Desrosier, research assistant and professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, found that the folic acid found in carbohydrates contributed to a decrease in neural tube defects (NTDs). In fact, women who practice a low-carb diet when trying to get pregnant or newly pregnant had a 30 percent higher risk factor of having a baby with an NTD. These defects can cause a whole host of issues, not the least of which being spina bifida and anencephaly.”

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Know the next time you can’t live without that banana nut muffin (made with whole-wheat of course), it’s because you are trying to protect your baby from danger.