Strong bones start earlier than you would think!
Many people believe that kids should drink milk to help build strong bones, but in reality, mothers can help their children build strong bones even before they are born. A recent study shows that children born to mothers who get more vitamins from their diets during their first trimester of pregnancy continue to develop strong bones later in life. This study followed nearly 3,000 women during pregnancy and had them record their daily intake. Experimenters evaluated the meals to see whether diets were linked to the bone mass of children later on. The study found that the children whose mothers ate more protein, phosphorus and vitamin B12 while pregnant had the greatest bone mass, while the higher consumption of carbohydrates was linked to lower bone mass and bone mineral content. The results from this study further solidify the importance of prenatal care, as specific food intake can leave a lasting impact on a child’s development.