Saturday, December 24, 2011

Pregnancy and diet

I love having pregnant friends.  I love babies and the beautiful process of pregnancy and birth.  It seems like many of my friends are pregnant right now, so this is a little reminder about what they should try to include in their diet- if at all possible :) 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 person that is developing inside her belly.  Here is an article from The Weston A Price Foundation that helps to define what someone should and should not 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 (learn more about raw milk on our website, A Campaign for Real Milk,
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
Fresh vegetables and fruits
  Trans fatty acids (e.g., hydrogenated oils)
  Junk foods
  Commercial fried foods
  White flour
  Drugs (even prescription drugs)

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