Interview of the Week: Nutrologist Dr. Ana Luisa Vilela

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Dra Ana Luisa is a nutritionist and kindly answered questions for Changing Diapers about feeding the little ones until feeding during pregnancy. Thank you very much Dra Ana and be very welcome! Bringing relevant information to readers adds a lot! Stay with the interview!

Changing Diapers: What foods can help the body at conception? is there any food that helps with the condition of the body and is favorable to getting pregnant?

Dra Ana: Folic acid, found in foods such as spinach, beans and sardines; zinc, present in wheat germ and red meat; vitamin B6, from bananas and chicken; vitamin B12, found in the liver and canned tuna; vitamin C, found in acerola and citrus fruits such as orange and pineapple, calcium obtained through the ingestion of milk and its derivatives, crustaceans, spinach and sesame seeds.

Changing Diapers: Stretch marks are the great villains of pregnancy, how can they mitigate their appearance with food and which foods are appropriate for these cases.

Dra Ana: To avoid stretch marks during pregnancy, it is essential that the pregnant woman has a balanced and healthy diet, avoiding gaining too much weight. Ideally, this weight gain should be between 8 and 9 kg. In addition, this diet should contain foods rich in vitamin A that will protect health and promote the formation of new skin cells. Vitamin A is found in orange foods like melon, mango, apricot and carrot.

Citrus fruits are also important allies as it helps the body in the production of new skin cells, consume thefts like orange, tangerine, kiwi and do not forget the broccoli too. Foods rich in vitamin E are excellent oxidizers, offering protection against free radicals. Collagen is one of the main responsible for the elasticity of the skin, so foods that promote collagen production cannot be missing from the table. Zinc-rich foods will do this for you, eat lean meats, raisins, beans, lentils and bananas. And last but not least the skin must remain hydrated, so consume at least 2 liters of water throughout the day, it cannot be all at once.

Changing Diapers: Child who doesn’t want to eat anything, how can mommy proceed in these cases?

Dra Ana: Firstly, it is always important to have a pediatrician monitor to find out how the child’s development and growth is. It is worth mentioning that children from the first year of life. The normal child triples his weight in the first year of life, and increases only about 10 to 20% of his weight in the first years of life after the first.

It is important to know that children need safe space, time and freedom to play, exercise, to explore and to have fun, to expend energy and be hungry.
There are several “techniques” that can increase the child’s interest in food that range from distraction such as using items that call your attention to make the famous “little airplane” letting the child, to a certain extent, play with the food.

Make the meal a pleasant time, set an example by eating healthy food, integrate the child’s meal into the meal of the whole family. Knowing the temperature that the child prefers their food is important some children prefer colder foods, try to maintain a routine of meal times, find out how your child prefers foods whether raw or over cooked, softer or more consistent, and etc. Sometimes including sweeter fruits like mango for example in the soup helps to increase the baby’s interest in the meal.

Changing Diapers: Which foods are ideal to eat when breastfeeding? is it true that hominy, soup and these things increase milk?
Dra Ana: There is no study that proves that foods such as hominy, black beer, English water, chicken soup and others increase the production of breast milk. This is a myth, what will really help in the production of breast milk is the baby suckling the milk correctly and the breastfeeding woman to have a balanced and healthy diet. I can list some tips to help in this phase:

  • Drink plenty of water as it will turn into baby’s food without major organic processes. Consume 4 liters per day;
  • Stress, nervousness and anxiety can lower milk production, so lactating women must remain calm and rest. Sleeping well is also essential.
  • Do not leave foods rich in phosphorus and calcium out of the menu.
  • The more you breastfeed, the more milk the body will produce
  • Help the baby make the right grip on the nipple. Suction stimulates the production of prolactin and oxytocin, which makes the body produce more milk.
  • Medicines can be transmitted through milk, so use only those that are recommended by your doctor.

Changing Diapers: What is the alternative to the sweetener in pregnancy?

Dr. Ana: There is no evidence that sweeteners are harmful to the health of the pregnant woman or the fetus, and there are no restrictions on their use during this phase. However, recently ANVISA published a list with limitations to its use, which list the main ones:

  • Saccharin: 5 mg per kilo weight
  • Cyclamate: 11 mg per kilo weight
  • Aspartame: 40 mg per kilo weight

There are also natural sweeteners such as fructose and stevia, extracted from fruits and a plant respectively. Although natural, there are also no studies on the use of these substances during pregnancy. Studies say that to cause neurological damage to the fetus the pregnant woman would have to consume high doses of aspartame, like eight cans of soda every eight minutes. THE

American Dietetic Association says that the consumption of aspartame during pregnancy is guaranteed, but medical recommendations are still to avoid this substance during the nine months. The ideal is that each pregnant woman establish with her doctor the limits of use of these substances when necessary, establishing a balanced diet for this phase, adding to moderate exercises and whenever possible to consume natural foods such as fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Ana Luisa, thank you very much, these tips are very important to help in the day to day and certainly helped many moms and pregnant women! Dr. Ana Luiza’s clinic is Slim Form and the website is http://www.slimform.com.br/

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Dr. Alexis Hart
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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