Photo Credit A healthy pregnancy diet is vital to you and your baby and has long been recognized as an important part of prenatal care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has considered evaluation and education of nutrition to be a prenatal care standard for decades. Unfortunately many doctors and midwives devote Read More
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Photo Credit It’s incredible how something so simple can be so relaxing, yet a nourishing drink swirls refreshment and peace into one little cup. Pregnancy is often a time when the focus is on food, but healthy drinks can help you pamper yourself while benefitting your body and your baby at the same time. Read More
image credit By Jaclyn of naturalmommainprogress.com. When you’re pregnant, it’s really easy to get overwhelmed with all of the prenatal vitamin options. I’ve done things so much differently with this pregnancy than my others, that I wasn’t quite sure how to approach the vitamin situation. This time around I eat better than I did Read More
image credit Nutrient-dense Diet – A healthy, nutritious diet is helpful in any pregnancy but it’s crucial in a pregnancy with multiples. Everything you put in your mouth is divided between the babies in your belly…and you! That’s going to mean eating a lot of nutrients! An adult woman usually falls in the 1,800-2,200 range Read More
I’ve got babies on the brain. So do all the other editors, for one reason or another! We all have (or want) children. Some of our contributors are also expecting this year. My baby is due now in 5 weeks, give or take. I can’t believe it is so soon!! For this reason, we’re going Read More
Image by janineomg The health of your children starts before they’re even born. In fact, it starts before conception! Your health is so important in making sure that your children are healthy. That’s why, today, we’re talking about fertility diets! If a woman’s body is deficient in nutrients before she gets pregnant, then she faces Read More
Readers: So sorry that last week’s Healthy Pregnancy Series was delayed! Dr. Miller and I had a bit of a miscommunication, and with the holidays, we just weren’t able to publish on time. But here it is! Better late than never. Guest Post by Elizabeth Miller, D.C. Weight gain and hormonal changes that occur during Read More
When you’re pregnant, you need excellent nutrition. We’ve talked about this several times! But it’s always good to get an extra boost. Pregnancy tea can help provide some additional nutrients. Make no mistake, it isn’t a substitute for an excellent diet, but it is a great addition. There are many different versions of pregnancy tea Read More
There may be times in pregnancy that you are experiencing unpleasant symptoms but can’t use any drugs (you shouldn’t, by the way, unless a serious situation exists in which drug use outweighs the risks). Or there may be ways that your body needs supported, nutritionally, during pregnancy. Using herbs can help to support your body Read More
I posted on what a healthy pregnancy diet is a few months back. But, it’s so important that it bears revisiting now, in this healthy pregnancy series.
Your baby is made largely of fat (most of it saturated and including cholesterol!) and protein. You need a LOT of these foods while pregnant. Some experts recommend 80 – 120 grams of protein PER DAY during pregnancy! While this is a lot, it is helping you build your baby. It may also help stave off morning sickness for some women.
As for fat — you don’t need to be afraid of it. Your baby’s body NEEDS the fat. Saturated fat is a large part of your baby’s brain! And cholesterol is found in every cell in your body (and your baby’s). There is an excellent article by Dr. Mercola explaining why we are afraid of cholesterol and why we shouldn’t be. Cholesterol is not only NOT bad, it’s absolutely NECESSARY!! To everyone!
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)
We’ve been told, often, that a mother’s nutrition (especially when breastfeeding) doesn’t affect a baby’s development. After all, the mother’s body gives the baby everything first, so it shouldn’t matter if what she eats isn’t the greatest, right?
Science says that isn’t true.