A habit of nutritious meals and snacks during pregnancy and through early childhood creates a strong foundation for better mental health.
- Healthy diets include lots of water, vegetables, salads, fruits, fish, and other foods groups known to be healthful.
- “Under-nutrition during pregnancy stunts fetal growth and can lead to poor brain development. “
- “Under-nutrition of a breastfeeding mother can negatively impact a child’s development.”
- “All soon-to-be and new mothers should consume a healthy and balanced diet full of the vital nutrients that both need: carbohydrates, protein, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C and D.”
- Throughout early childhood, continue to introduce new healthy foods
Source: McMartin S, Kuhle S, Kirk S, Veugelers P, Colman I. The association between diet quality and internalizing disorders in children. Am J Epidemiol. 2011;173: S289–S289
Typical Milestones of Child Development can be found here: http://www.wvdhhr.org/birth23/milestones.asp
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just launched the CDC’s Milestone Tracker – a free app for tracking every child’s development in a simple way. The app adds to the free, family-friendly materials which can be accessed through the CDC’s Learn the Signs Act Early program.