Post # 1
Does anyone have a good resource or website on the suggested intake of certain vitamin/mineral-rich foods pre-conception, then split between 1st/2nd/3rd trimester? I used to have a magazine article that made it really simple and laid out why you needed certain vitamins at critical points in pregnancy, and of course I lost it!
Post # 3
First, take a prenatal vitamin and a fish oil DHA supplement. (I take “New Chapter Perfect Prenatal” and “Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA”.) And I take extra vitamin D as well.
As far as diet. make sure you’re getting plenty of protein and vegetables/fruits. Cut out the junk food and sugar. Eat nutrient-dense foods.
I eat minimal grains because they are unneccesary and calorie-for-calorie, grains are not very nutrient-rich; I still eat some grain, but I try to minimize it.
Ditch the low-fat dairy, go for organic full-fat dairy. And no trans fats; use olive oil, coconut oil, and butter. (If you see “hydrogenated” on the ingredient list, stay away. even if it says “0 trans fat”, if they reduce the serving size to where the trans-fat amount is under .5 g, they can claim “zero”).
I try to make my diet about 30% “Weston Allen Price Foundation (WAPF)” style and 70%”Paleo/Primal” style. I suggest researching those eating philosophies, lots of excellent information. (I really think paleo/primal is optimal, but I can’t give up dairy, I love cheese too much!)
This is a pretty good book that talks about incorporating aspects of traditional fertility/pregnancy diets: “Real Food for Mother and Baby” by Nina Planck.
Post # 4
I would not eat dairy fat. It carries hormones and dioxin, very toxic! I guess you have to research that one for yourself and weigh out the benefits/ risks, but dairy fat toxins store in our bodies, and transfer to our newborns. Something to think about.
ETA: Walnuts are a good source of dha as well! I eat them in my salads. Eat as many greens as you can!
Post # 5
@cbee: Do you have any internet resources discussing the types of dairy products which are riskier, or are all dairy products off the table? I’ve heard soft cheeses are a definite no-no, but I’m concerned over getting an adequate amount of calcium without any dairy (especially because pregnancy and lactating can start pulling calcium out of your bones if you aren’t ingesting enough – yikes!)
Post # 6
@MissEdamame – Are you talking about the “no soft cheeses during pregnancy” rule. It’s actually “no UNPASTURIZED soft cheeses during pregnancy”.
Pasturized soft cheeses are fine, and pretty much any cheese you’ll get in a grocery store or restaurant is pasturized; you’d have to make an effort seek out unpasturized cheeses.
Dioxins are in much more than just milk, they are in meat and fish too. Here’s some reading about dioxins: http://www.westonaprice.org/environmental-toxins/dioxins-in-animal-foods (Basically it’s a balancing act: eat enough anti-oxidants and the right vitamins to offset/minimalize dioxin effects.)
Post # 7
What to Expect has a Pre-Pregnancy Diet. http://www.whattoexpect.com/preconception/health-and-wellness/foods-to-enjoy/prepregnancy-diet.aspx
I’m trying to start by easing up on the refined sugar– aarrgh, so hard for me— and not skipping any meals.
I also started taking the Rainbow Light Prenatal Vitamin at the suggestion of some other bees! 🙂 It’s organic and vegetarian/vegan friendly and it’s easy on the stomach.
Post # 8
@Mrs.Enne: Great link! Thanks