What should you eat before and during pregnancy?

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Miscarriages are very prevalent these days, some seem to be caused by vaccines, some miscarriages seem be avoided by changing your diet.  Draxe.com shares his top superfoods for fertility. Mercola.com has an article that mentions several of these plus a few other items.

  1. Green Leafy Vegetables – My No. 1 superfood for fertility is vegetables. Vegetables are important because they are nutrient dense, high in fiber, and lower in carbohydrates and calories overall. Green leafy vegetables are especially great because they’re packed with iron, calcium, vitamin K, and are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on our planet. Broccoli is great, too! It’s packed with vitamin C, fiber, manganese, magnesium and some other great nutrients.
  2. Organic Free-Range Eggs – My No. 2 superfood for fertility is benefit-rich eggs — egg yolks to be specific (the yellow part of the egg), since they are packed with choline. A recent medical study found that 86 percent of pregnant women are deficient in choline, which is important for reducing the risks of neural tube defects. So while egg whites are great, the egg yolk is really where all the nutrients and vitamins are, including the healthy fats, vitamin E, beta-carotene and choline. One last tip: Make sure to get organic free-range eggs.
  3. Wild Caught Salmon or Other Wild-Caught Fish – My No. 3 superfood for fertility is wild-caught salmon or other wild-caught fish, high in omega-3 fatty acids. It really is amazing how rapidly the baby develops over a nine-month period. In order for proper neurological and physical development, it’s important to ingest omega-3 fatty acid DHA for supporting the brain. Stay away from farm-raised fish, and make sure you’re eating wild-caught fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and grouper. Consuming them on a daily basis is great, and if you can’t eat fish, buy a high-quality omega-3 fish oil or cod liver oil.
  4. Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds and Almonds – My No. 4 superfood for fertility is nuts and seeds — specifically flaxseeds, chia seeds and almonds. Now chia seeds and flaxseeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids — not the kind you’re going to find in fish, but also still very beneficial for having healthy hair, skin and nails. During pregnancy, the fiber found in nuts and seeds can be really good for your colon.
  5. Cultured or Fermented Dairy – My No. 5 superfood for fertility is drinking pasture dairy or what I call cultured or fermented dairy. I really think it’s one of the best foods for pregnancy because it’s high in fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin K. These fat-soluble vitamins are so important for supporting the brain and the nervous system, so if you can find any type of cultured dairy, that’s great! Stay away from dairy that’s ultra-pasteurized (that includes conventional milk). Your best bet, according to a study from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is consuming cultured dairy that is low-temperature processed, and cultured dairy like kefir, Greek yogurt, amasai from A2 cattle (a great brand is Beyond Organic Company) or yogurt with probiotics. (3)

Other things to watch for, for all stages of life, but especially when you are pregnant are shared by mercola.com, see their article for further details

Vaccinations

Mercury amalgam fillings

Pesticide exposure

Cleaning chemicals (use natural vinegar, etc)

Beautify yourself Safely

Hault gum disease

Exposure to phthalates, plastics, can be harmful

Other Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts

  • Eat a healthy breakfast – The findings showed that obesity and insulin resistance syndrome rates were 35 percent to 50 percent lower among those who ate breakfast every day, compared to those who frequently skipped it. And eating a good breakfast makes sure that your baby is amply supplied with all the nutrients it needs for proper growth and development.
  • Get plenty of sleep – Although there is little or no data on how sleep deprivation in the mother affects her baby, since sleep deprivation affects your immune system, you can be sure that it also affects your baby’s. And it is logical that when you lose sleep it can also affect your baby adversely, so to be safe, maintain good sleep habits.
  • Use probiotics – Probiotics could turn out to be an expectant mother’s best friend. They are referred to as “friendly” bacteria, and are responsible for a number of important biological functions. Some of these include assisting with digestion, keeping other harmful bacteria at bay, and stimulating the immune system.95
  • Avoid anti-bacterial soaps – Antibacterial soaps can be very hazardous to your baby’s health as well as to yours. There was much hoopla over these soaps some years ago, yet tests show that they offer little protection against the most common germs — but more importantly, studies show they actually form a carcinogen when mixed with water.
  • Limit cell phone use – Over 1 billion people who use cell phones on a regular basis are putting their health at risk, along with the health of their children and those waiting to be born, so be sure to keep cell phones away from your baby and other children. The density of children’s skulls is far less than adults’, and their brains are more susceptible to damage from information-carrying radio waves. A child in the womb may be near defenseless against this damage.

Critical Items to Avoid During Pregnancy

  • Soy products
  • Caffeine
  • Nuts
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Fluoridated or chlorinated water

It is interesting that these great tips for fertility are what a healthy diet and lifestyle should be for all of us at all ages.                 Here’s to a better lifestyle!

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