Now that you’re pregnant, thinking about what foods, vitamins, and supplements you put into your body can feel overwhelming! Here are some quick links and guidelines to help you! You can also visit our Fertility Diet page for some further info.
Why my doctor never mention this to me? I hear this question all the time. The reason is they were not taught this topic at the medical school. They got as many as 7 hours of nutrition during 8 years of medical training but ND, DO, DC and acupuncturists study A LOT!!!!! YouTube Video –> Take a look! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DTrENdWvvM
Pre-Natal Vitamins: Know about prenatal vitamin -synthetic vs whole food based (folic acid vs folate) and more.
Vitamin D – reduces the chance of getting HBS, HBP, and Pre-eclampsia in pregnancy
Vitamin B12: About Vitamin B-12 during and post pregnancy. During Pregnancy and Lactation“ Since vitamin B-12 builds immunity and promotes the growth of the nervous system and body in general, it is essential during pregnancy and nursing. To grasp the B12 requirements of a fetus, consider that the newborn, compared to the mother, has over twice as much B12 in its blood, and that the placenta contains more than three times as much of the vitamin. Yet vitamin B12 is one of the most commonly deficient vitamins during pregnancy and lactation. Pregnant and lactating vegetarians, in particular, need to be certain they are getting enough. Children born to mothers low in the vitamin run a high risk of retarded mental and physical development and weakened immunity. Mothers who only occasionally consume B12 put their breastfeeding infants at risk of becoming deficient. The mother can recycle B12 stored in her body for her own purposes; she may feel healthy and so (falsely) assume that her milk is completely nourishing. Unfortunately, there are indications that only vitamin B12 ingested during the formation of milk will go into the mother’s milk; B12 stored in the mother’s body does not. This means that for a nursing infant to receive B12 in its milk regularly, the lactating mother must take in B12 regularly.” (Healing with whole foods written by Paul Pitchford, third edition in 2002, page 140-)
Before Baby, Freeze some Food!
Life is going to get hectic when that baby arrives, so use the time you have now (start around 35 weeks) to make and freeze some meals ahead of time! While you’re at it, make some strongbone broth, for the days when you just don’t feel like eating. Good bone broth will fortify you and keep you going – drink it instead of coffee in the morning! (Tamie’s tip: try this silicone mold to freeze single portions!)
Bug bites – you apply “hydrocortisone cream 0.5%” and the rush appears – your kid are allergic to
“neomycin” these ointment cream contain. Always nice to know natural cure using herbs and essential
Avoid using plastic bottles (might contains BPA), Here’s glass baby bottles you may order by Amazon.
Some wonderful breastfeeding tips for first time moms by Dr. Ben Kim. Having a hard time breast feeding? You are not alone! You may need to read this. Additionally, many people don’t realized the importance of not only taking probiotics while breastfeeding, but also giving your baby probiotics.