"Pregnancy Nutrition Makeover" Program
According to the latest research from Monell Chemical Senses Center mothers can influence a baby's palate and food memories before it is born.
It is known that within the womb the baby is surrounded and nourished on the amniotic fluid, which is filled with the flavors of what the mother has eaten.
The study finds that what a woman eats during her pregnancy shapes the baby's food preferences later in life.
Maternal & Child Health, Family and Community Support
Pregnancy Nutrition Makeover is a prenatal health program designed for pregnant women and women in their childbearing years. This program utilizes a customized educational approach that focuses on helping women change their personal dietary habits to ensure a healthy pregnancy, their own health and the health of born children. Because a strong body of research indicates that the best diet for preventing illnesses is a whole food diet and a predominantly plant-based diet this evidence-based nutritional education program introduces women to the nutritious world of vegetables. Vegetable intake of pregnant women can determine their children’s health risk.
The goal of Pregnancy Nutrition Makeover is to promote and educate communities about the health benefits of vegetables and train pregnant women and women in their childbearing years to consume vegetable on a daily basis. We offer a variety of tools to help them deal with their possible aversions to the taste of veggies and teach them how to incorporate vegetable education into their daily diets. Our program is based on psychological methods utilizing “preference by association” and “operant conditioning.” By introducing simple methods of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and emotional freedom technique (EFT) to women in their childbearing years, we are able to influence emotional and cognitive components of attitudes. In other words, we can “train” them to taste, accept and enjoy vegetables and other healthy food on everyday basis. This program is based on the latest research of medical science and the key principles in psychoneuroimmunology (mind-body medicine.)