Pregnancy Diet

I love everything about pregnancy.  Diet is important before conception, during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding.  It is necessary for the mother to eat healthy for her own body and the tiny little embryo that is developing inside her belly.  There is an article from The Weston A Price Foundation that helps to define what someone should be eating during pregnancy and while nursing.  It can be found here.

Cod Liver Oil to supply 20,000 IU vitamin A and 2000 IU vitamin D per day

1 quart (or 32 ounces) whole milk daily, preferably raw and from pasture-fed cows 

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- for Vitamin A

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

AVOID:

•  Trans fatty acids (e.g., hydrogenated oils)

•  Junk foods

•  Commercial fried foods

•  Sugar- Soft Drinks

•  White flour

•  Caffeine

•  Alcohol

•  Cigarettes

•  Drugs (even prescription drugs)

There are a few things on this list that I still haven’t tried- like liver.  Eat the best you can-  whole foods that are not highly processed.  Pregnancy can be a very tough time for some people and food preferences can be very strong.

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