Research on the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) shows that a birthing
person’s food choices before, during, and after pregnancy significantly impact the health of
their baby. These stages provide a unique opportunity to establish taste preferences and lay the
foundation for long-lasting benefits that can potentially prevent adverse health issues later in
“Our studies have shown direct links between early life nutritional and social environments and risks
for chronic disease in later life among offspring. Stressors before birth lead to anatomic and
epigenetic changes in offspring that dramatically elevate their risks for chronic conditions. Our
current epidemic of diabetes and obesity will not be substantially abated without addressing maternal
-Dr. Kent Thornburg, OHSU
Fostering Optimal Maternal
and Infant Health
Our focus on plant-based, whole food nutrition is rooted in extensive research, highlighting the
profound benefits of a nutrient-rich diet during pregnancy. We take proactive measures in supporting a
wide range of initiatives, including combating preterm birth, promoting breastfeeding, and addressing
critical issues like maternal mortality. Through the power of plant-based nutrition and comprehensive
nutrition education, we strive to enhance maternal health and to foster optimal prenatal development
and maternal outcomes.
Did you know?
According to Research
pregnant people Are considered iron deficient during pregnancy.1
pregnant people Gain outside the recommended healthy amount of weight during pregnancy.2
DIED Of maternal causes in the United States in 2021.3
Transmission of flavors from the maternal diet can impact a child's food choices long before they are
introduced to solid foods.
The Vitamix Foundation partnered with Birthing Beautiful Communities to support a four-session
American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Food as Medicine Preconception, Pregnancy, and
Postpartum Nutrition course.