If you’re expecting a bundle of joy this year, it’s no doubt that you’ll want to do what’s best for the health of your child.
One change you can make to your diet to benefit your little one is to switch to organic beef and lamb.
Commercially grown crops and cattle that is fed a cocktail of hormones, antibiotics, growth enhancers and other medications could pose some danger to your baby.
These chemicals can spread from mother to child, and foetuses could be particularly at risk of damage caused by these chemical nasties, according to the US National Resources Defense Council.
Their immune systems, brains and bodies are still developing and exposure to chemicals at this age has been linked to motor dysfunction, behavioural disorders and developmental delays.
While your child is most likely to be your number one priority, your own health can also be damaged by these products during this delicate time.
Pesticides put stress on your organs which are already being taxed by pregnancy.
Plus, organic beef and lamb are excellent sources of iron, a mineral pregnant women need more of because of an increased need for blood to support baby’s growth.
If you are breastfeeding, organic lamb and beef is also a better choice so that you do not pass these pesticides to your child through your breast milk.
According to American Health Guide, exposure at this point in life can cause delayed effects on the nervous system, and these effects might not be seen until later in life.
Another great benefit of organic meat is that it will help ensure your body is getting enough iron.
A lack of iron can lead to anaemia and symptoms to look out for include feeling tired and weak.
While it is common to develop a mild form of this condition during pregnancy, severe anaemia can increase the chances of serious complications such as preterm delivery of your baby.