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From Weston A. Price‘s website, here is their ideal pregnancy diet:
1 quart (or 32 ounces) whole milk daily, preferably raw and from pasture-fed cows (learn more about raw milk on our website, A Campaign for Real Milk, www.realmilk.com)
4 tablespoons butter daily, preferably from pasture-fed cows
2 or more eggs daily, preferably from pastured chickens
Additional egg yolks daily, added to smoothies, salad dressings, scrambled eggs, etc.
3-4 ounces fresh liver, once or twice per week (If you have been told to avoid liver for fear of getting “too much Vitamin A,” be sure to read Vitamin A Saga)
Fresh seafood, 2-4 times per week, particularly wild salmon, shellfish and fish eggs
Fresh beef or lamb daily, always consumed with the fat
Oily fish or lard daily, for vitamin D
2 tablespoons coconut oil daily, used in cooking or smoothies, etc.
Lacto-fermented condiments and beverages
Bone broths used in soups, stews and sauces
Soaked whole grains
Fresh vegetables and fruits
- Trans fatty acids (e.g., hydrogenated oils)
- Junk foods
- Commercial fried foods
- White flour
- Soft drinks
- Drugs (even prescription drugs)
I would change a few things here:
*Sometimes raw milk doesn’t work well for pregnant women, or having 32 oz. is a lot. I would recommend drinking SOME but perhaps not that much.
*Plenty of fresh, purified water each day
*16 – 32 oz. of pregnancy tea and/or red raspberry leaf tea (Traditional Medicinals makes a good one that I drank during my second pregnancy). Alfalfa, oatstraw, raspberry leaf, etc. are good.
*Kombucha (if tolerated and you’ve started prior to pregnancy)
* Water kefir, milk kefir, or other fermented drinks and foods (homemade yogurt is great in smoothies or made into frozen yogurt if you are averse to the texture like we are)
*2 – 4 eggs each day or more if desired; extra egg yolks if you desired (raw is good)
*At least 4 tbsp. saturated fat, in the form of butter, coconut oil, or whatever you can tolerate (lard, beef tallow, etc.)
*Soaked OR sprouted whole grains. I recommend sprouted, personally. I also would recommend not consuming grains that are NOT soaked or sprouted.
*Sunlight for plenty of vit. D instead of supplements
*A fresh salad everyday, and other raw vegetables and fruits (served with fat; try raw whipped cream with fruits and olive oil with a salad)
*Lots of soups made with homemade bone broth
*Plenty of grass-fed beef and other pastured meats
Try to avoid processed foods. I found during my second pregnancy that when I ate whole, fresh foods my morning sickness was minimal, but if I did eat any processed food (which is mostly what I ate during my first pregnancy) I felt worse. You also don’t need nearly as many grains as mainstream sources recommend. While some (sprouted) grains are good, you should mostly focus on nutrient-dense foods like milk, cheese, grass-fed meat, etc. These are MUCH more important than grains, which are just fillers in many cases.
If you DO feel bad and can’t stomach these, try drinking a glass of cool water (I liked mine ice cold, but for some people that makes it worse) with half a lemon squeezed into it. Peppermint oil can also help, in a diffuser.
What did you eat when you were pregnant? How does this compare to your diet? Does this seem doable?
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