Isn’t it curious that most women start thinking about intentionally eating healthy when they are pregnant but fail to nourish their bodies before and after? I have been guilty of the same disconnect.  I had many pregnancies, all ending in miscarriage, and I never considered nutrition to be relevant unless I was pregnant.  As I continue my education, I am convinced that it is important to start eating as if you were pregnant when you are first considering having a baby. The first three months of development are crucial to your baby’s future and it makes sense to form good habits early.  

START SOMEWHERE adding these quality foods to your day:

  • Fruit and raw vegetables:  Health starts in the gut and raw vegetables are essential food for the beneficial bacteria that live there.  Colorful fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients to strengthen immunity and decrease inflammation in your body.  Start with the goal of three servings of vegetables each day (preferably raw) and one serving of fruit.  A worthwhile and lofty goal would be to work up to seven veggie servings and three fruit servings.  Be sure to review which fruits and vegetables are best to buy organic. Click here to see a complete list of the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen.
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids:  Omega 3 Fatty Acids help keep your hormones functioning properly.  They are also important for your baby’s brain development when you do get pregnant.  Also known as Fish Oil, Omega 3 Fatty Acids are found in salmon, walnuts, flax seeds, and chia seeds.   If you take a fish oil supplement, be sure that it is IFOS Certified for purity, potency, and freshness.
  • Organic Dairy Products:  The calcium and protein are important for fertility and to prepare your body for a baby.  Aim for three cups of dairy products or other calcium-rich foods such as kelp, almonds, parsley, broccoli, and Brazil nuts.
  • High-Quality Protein: Important for fertility, it has been found that eating a diet of at least 25 percent protein improved the quality of a woman’s egg and doubled in-vitro pregnancy rates when compared to a higher carbohydrate diet.  Consider eating organic, grass-fed cuts of meat that have not been given antibiotics.
  • Folic Acid-Rich Foods:  Dark green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, okra, brussel sprouts, and asparagus, as well as citrus fruits, nuts,  and lentils are great sources of folic acid.  Folic acid, also known as Vitamin B9, is important for cell division and development of the brain and spinal cord.  It’s also essential for a healthy immune system.

Consider keeping a food journal for two weeks.  If you are in the habit of eating lots of sweets, fast food, processed food and refined grains, start now to wean yourself off of these nearly empty calories.  I wish I had known this information 25 years ago.  Amid my miscarriages, God blessed us with two beautiful babies through adoption.  I could not have been more thrilled but would have been much better off to have started my mothering adventure with a stronger, more nourished body.  Be your healthiest for all the ages and stages of parenthood, no matter how children come into your care.  Start eating as if you were pregnant.  You can do it.  Just START SOMEWHERE.    

Start Eating as if You Were Pregnant

Start Eating as if You Were Pregnant