Guess what! You’ll never guess…Ok, I’ll just tell you. I am finally telling people that I am pregnant! It feels great not to have to keep quiet anymore, but I must say there is so much changing in my life right now that sometimes my excitement wanes with my natural disposition to worry. Right now, I am consumed with concern about every little thing that I am eating. After all, what I am consuming is going directly to the baby and providing the energy to create the building blocks of my soon to be son or daughter. So I couldn’t have picked a better a month to discuss nutrition since March signifies March for Nutrition Month.
During the month of March, 1,000 Days Partnership is beginning a “march” online to express the importance of nutrition in the first 1,000 days. The enormous impact nutrition has on brain development is especially critical from pregnancy through a child’s second birthday (the first 1,000 days). This March you can follow blog posts, tweets, facts, and stories to learn more about how food affects a child’s future.
Each week there will be information relating to a time frame in the first 1,000 days. The content will cover important facts and critical issues directly related to nutrition. It is crucial that we continue to educate ourselves as well as the world about the importance of nutrition. With proper nourishment future generations will be stronger and better functioning. Brain development and future ability to learn directly correlates with the nutrition received during pregnancy and early childhood so give your child the best chance possible and start early.
The effects of undernutrition can be fatal and are often irreversible.
Without proper nutrition in the womb children have a higher risk of dying in infancy.
Undernutrition in early childhood can weaken a child’s immune system and leave them susceptible to death from illnesses like diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria.
By promoting better nutrition we can decrease the likelihood of diseases such as diabetes and other chronic conditions,
Better nutrition for developing countries means better academics as well as a 2-3 percent increase in a country’s GDP annually
Start educating yourself now even if you don’t have kids. Nutrition affects the brain function of adults as well. Just by educating yourself and sharing this wealth of knowledge you can reach people around the world. Be educated, be a promoter, be a voice for those without.
Kaitlin tries to live her life according to the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, and difficulty.” As a marathon runner, aspiring writer, and lover of travel, she lives each day to find the next adventure to take her out of her comfort zone. She hopes to inspire and encourage others with her words.