Mountain High Yoghurt Ideal for New Pregnancy Weight-Gain Guidelines

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The Institute of Medicine issued new pregnancy weight-gain guidelines in May 2009 to improve maternal and child health outcomes. Nutrient-rich foods are important to maintaining healthy weight during pregnancy. Loaded with calcium, protein, potassium, and more, Mountain High Yoghurt is a nutritious food for pregnant women.

Each 8-oz. serving contains at least 30% of the adult recommended daily allowance of calcium.

America’s growing weight problem is affecting many changes, from airfares to restaurant portions—and now how doctors have restructured pregnancy weight-gain guidelines. More American women are entering pregnancy overweight or obese, or gaining too much weight during pregnancy. The old “25 to 35 pounds” rule has been modified to factor in one’s original Body Mass Index, with underweight women advised to gain slightly more, and obese women considerably less. While every woman should consult with her doctor on such important health matters, health care providers agree that calories added for fetal developmental should be rich with vital nutrients. Servings of nutritious foods like [Mountain High Yoghurt—an excellent source of calcium, potassium, protein, B vitamins, and probiotic cultures—help provide vital nutrients for pregnancy.

Calcium, Potassium, and Protein in Pregnancy
“Mountain High Yoghurt is a food choice that nourishes many ways,” says Ursula Webhofer, Mountain High’s marketing manager and mother of two. “Each 8-oz. serving contains at least 30% of the adult recommended daily allowance of calcium.” Pregnant and nursing women need even more calcium than the average adult to support fetal bone mineralization and density. Multiple daily servings of milk products like yoghurt can help ensure both mother and baby get enough of this essential nutrient. Milk, cheese, broccoli, and greens are other good sources of calcium.

Calcium also helps regulate maternal blood pressure. In fact, adequate calcium intake can reduce the incidence of hypertension by as much as 70%. “Potassium also works to maintain healthy blood pressure, and a cup of Mountain High contains 15% of the Daily Value,” Webhofer says.

Protein is necessary to build developing tissues and maternal blood supply (which can increase 50% during pregnancy), and support lactation. Each serving of Mountain High Yoghurt contains over 20% of the recommended Daily Value, but expectant mothers need up to 25 grams additional protein daily. Other good sources include beans, lentils and other legumes; lean meats; poultry; eggs; soy; and other dairy products.

Probiotics in Pregnancy
Mountain High Yoghurt is also good for pregnant women with special dietary needs, such as lactose intolerance. The yoghurt cultures L bulgaricus and S. thermophilus produce lactase, the enzyme that digests lactose.

Mountain High's probiotic cultures—L. acidophilus, B. bifidus, and L. casei—support digestive health and can ease irregularity in pregnancy. “Because probiotic cultures break down the milk-proteins in yoghurt, Mountain High Yoghurt can also offer help for morning sickness,” Webhofer offers from her personal experience.

Mountain High’s probiotic cultures can also help with yeast infections due to hormonal fluctuations in pregnancy. Multiple daily servings of the live, active, and probiotic cultures in Mountain High Yoghurt can help prevent yeast overgrowth.

Eating Healthy During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, what mothers don’t eat is just as important as what they do eat. Mountain High Yoghurts contain NO artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or starches, and NO preservatives. “Mountain High does NOT contain artificial growth hormones. These hormones can be a concern in pregnancy,” Webhofer adds. Flavored varieties are sweetened only with pure crystalline fructose, which the body metabolizes slowly. (Plain Mountain High Yoghurt is completely unsweetened.) Unlike the cane sugars, organic cane juices, and high fructose corn syrups in other brands, crystalline fructose doesn’t cause insulin spikes.

For more information about Mountain High Yoghurt, see their web site at For media inquiries, contact media(at)MountainHighYoghurt(dot)com.

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