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Tips for Growing a Healthy Baby

During pregnancy, your body especially needs absolute maintenance for good, easy birthing! To keep you baby healhty, these guidelines should be followed:
  • Eliminate fast food, fried foods, and other unnecessary fats
  • Salt food to taste- Celtic or Mediterranean salt is best
  • Consume lots of protein! 75-90 grams per day, taken in several snacks and light meals. Eggs are great, cottage cheese, lean red meats, chicken, hard cheeses, milk, ice cream, yogurt, legumes, beans, etc. You may also consider adding whey protein powder to smoothies or other foods that you enjoy.
  • Go for greens!-leafy lettuces, spinach, vegatables, salads, avacado, green beans, broccoli, asparagus, peas, apples (red and green), and squash are all excellent choices.
  • Wipe out Whites- avoid refined sugars, white flour products, white rice, white potatoes (red are fine), and white baked goods.
  • Opt for Oranges- Squash, yams and sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, oranges, peaches, apricots, and other fruits (dried friuts make a great snack).
  • Drink LOTS of water! Especially before doctor's appointments near term!
  • Delve into fruits and berries- strawberries and blueberries (especially good), honeydew melons, watermelon, kiwi, tangerines, pineapple, cherries, apples, bananas, and pears all make great snacks!
  • Increase intake of fish oil- Omega 3 is essential. Taking one tablespoon of cod liver oil daily can be fabulous for health, not just in pregnancy, but always. Fish is one of the most beneficial proteins that you can consume- atlantic salmon particularly, as the saftey of most other fish (oncluding farm-raised) is now questionable. Watch for mercury levels in fish and also you should know if farm-raised fish are being fed suitable diets (most are not). Avoid all raw fish and oysters.
  • Reach for roughage- Consuming enough fiber can keep your bowels regular and fend off hemorrhoids. Most fruits and veggies will supply fiber- asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, apples, canned beans,--also helps to keep blood sugar levels stable and to lowel bad cholesterol.
  • When drinking liquids other than water, avoid carbonated drinks that leach calcium from bones and NEVER drink diet drinks, caffeine or alchohol.
  • This list of produce is most susceptible to pesticides and other toxins, so buy organic for these whenever possible to prevent these chemicals from being passed to your baby:
    • leafy vegetables (lettuce, celery, green onions)
    • spinach
    • culinary herbs
    • peas and beans
    • peppers
    • summer squash, eggplant or cucumbers
    • winter squash and pumpkins
    • bulb vegetables
    • root vegetables
    • carrots
    • melons
    • vine-ripe tomatoes
    • strawberries
    • apples
    • pears
    • citrus fruits
    • kiwi fruit
  • If you are experiencing high blood pressure, swelling, or anything else that is out of the ordinary during pregnancy, or if you are vegan e-mail us for a list of additional nutritional considerations.
Here is a summary of things to Absolutely Avoid During Pregnancy:
  • Tetracycline (a commonly prescribed antibiotic, may retard bone growth and affect tooth development) and all other antiobiotics
  • Over-the-counter medications including, but not limited to: decongestants, cough medicines, sleep medications, headache remedies, and asipirin
  • paint fumes
  • rug shampoos
  • lawn chemicals
  • cleaning solvents
  • pesticides
  • x-rays
  • caffeine
  • white potatoes (red potatoes are fine)
  • diet drinks or any product containing aspartame (NutraSweet)- can cause severe birth defects and is very bad for any adult's health
  • shell fish and other fish that may contain dangerous levels of mercury(i.e. swordfish)- also note that farm-raised fish is not always considered safe due to poor feed being used
  • cat litter and garden soil, as Mom can contract Toxoplasmosis which can lead to sever birth defects if contracted during pregnancy
  • cigarette smoke (including second hand)
  • ALL alcohol and illegal drugs
And what about your little one down the road???

Did you know that 40% of US children do not eat any fresh fruits or vegetables? And teenage girls drink an average of 500 pounds of soda per year. An average american adult takes in 150 pounds of sugar every single year. It is no great secret that our kids do not eat well in this country, but proper nutrition is essential for raising healthy children and adults.

Kid should NOT be fed sugar, especially for breakfast and before bed. You should also avoid processed foods, hydrogenated fats, diets high in simple carbohydrates, sugary drinks (including juice) and caffiene, and foods that contain additives, preservatives, colors, and sugar substitutes (i.e. aspartame).

Kids SHOULD be breastfed for as long as possible. They should be fed more protein, especially at breakfast (eggs are great), minimal sugar and juice, Good fats, fruits and veggies, whole grains, lots of water, organic food when possible, and appropriate supplements and enzymes.


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We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful... it's that women are strong.
- Laura Stavoe Harm

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