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Food as medicine for maternal health and high-risk pregnancies: investigating the immediate and long-term effects of maternal nutrition as an intervention

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Houston–(business wire)–How can a country that leads the world in medical innovation and per capita spending on maternal health become a maternal health crisis? far more than the country. 2.2 million American women live in the maternity care desert. The rate of gestational diabetes among young women in the United States has increased 30% over the past decade. An even more worrisome, worsening and largely preventable maternal health risk impacts BIPOC, rural and low-income women disproportionately.

Prenatal health care providers have long recognized the importance of nutrition before, during, and after pregnancy. A suboptimal diet is a major risk factor for chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes, and has a significant impact on maternal health. Food-as-medicine interventions provide access to optimal nutrition, reduce risk factors and improve outcomes, help reduce the cost of care overall, and promote formal and consistent prenatal and postnatal care. must be an element that

“The sheer impact of our maternal health crisis on black mothers, rural mothers, low-income mothers and their communities is alarming. Dr. James Gillespie, member of the Food Is Medicine Task Force at the Milken Institute, said in their white paper: Food For Health: The Economic, Medical and Social Impact of Maternal Nutrition as an Intervention, Dr. Gillespie, and co-author Dr. Gregory Privitera, St. Bonaventure University, found that access to food and nutrition contributed to the health of the maternal population, optimal fetal development, improved perinatal survival, and overall short-term and We are exploring key findings that show important implications for long-term aspects. – Baby’s health.

Adequate nutrition during pregnancy is very important. Consistent and equitable access to healthy, safe and affordable food is essential for optimal health and wellbeing. “Pre-existing chronic diabetes and obesity, as well as the development of gestational diabetes, increase the risk of serious complications during pregnancy and childbirth. These conditions can be managed, and in some cases, through diet, exercise and stress management. It can be prevented. Food as a medical intervention plays an important role in providing optimal nutrition and addressing the stressors of food and nutrition insecurity,” Gillespie said.

Prioritize women’s health before, during and after pregnancy. Reduce maternal risk factors and mortality. And to ensure health equity, reduce spending and build healthier communities, we need to look at maternal health through a broader lens. We must address barriers to access to optimal nutrition and food. We need to adopt more food-as-medicine initiatives in public and private spheres, local, state, and federal levels for the health of pregnant women, future mothers, and the next generation.

About Umoja Food For Health

Food For Health is a medically regulated diet that provides nutritious foods and educational tools to improve health, address social determinants of health, and support the prevention or management of chronic disease. , grocery and produce programs. Food For Health is a division of Umoja Supply Chain Solutions. Leveraging decades of expertise in food and logistics, Umoja tackles big problems with big solutions through its four core divisions: Food For Health, Hunger Relief, Third-party Logistics and Government. Umoja is mission-oriented and focused on ensuring equity and ensuring access to quality food and healthcare for all.