A new study from the Netherlands that analyzed the diets of 381 mothers found that a Western diet may be linked to birth defects. Those women with a “Western dietary pattern,” characterized by high intakes of organ meat, red meat, processed meat, pizza, legumes, potatoes, French fries, condiments, and mayonnaise but low intakes of fruits had a higher risk of cleft lip or cleft palate among their offspring. Women who consumed the greatest amount of these foods had nearly double the risk compared with whose who consumed the least.

If you are pregnant and concerned about your babies health, then consider using hypnotherapy to manage your eating behaviors. Also, consider using hypnosis for childbirth. More and more couples are including hypnobirthing as part of their childbirth preparations. I love using hypnotherapy with women and couples as they prepare to give birth. Not only do they learn relaxation techniques, they learn the one-minute Light-switch self-hypnosis technique that they can use before, during and after birth.

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