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When I first found out about my pregnancy with my first child, I was overjoyed. However, I had so much on my mind in trying to prepare for to welcome my baby into our family that I did not focus very much on nutrition. By the time I became pregnant with my second baby and my third baby, I had become much more knowledgeable on pregnancy nutrition. I was able to learn a lot by doing tons of research and trying the things that I learned, and I was able to see amazing results! Today, I want to share with you the amazing things that I’ve learned to help boost your pregnancy nutrition to amazing new levels!
1.) Consuming enough protein in your daily diet is the first thing you must do.
If you are pregnant with a singleton, you must consume at least 80-100 grams of protein daily throughout your pregnancy. Add 25 more grams to that per baby if you are carrying multiples. Protein is important for your baby’s growth and development, including brain development, and it is also important for the overall health of your uterus and breasts, which are changing rapidly during pregnancy. Consuming protein is also extremely important to meet your body’s needs for your rapidly increasing blood volume. Some examples of great sources of daily amount of protein include: 2-3 servings of meat (fully cooked fish or seafood, chicken, beef, lamb, liver, or nuts) or 2-3 servings of legumes (split peas, red and white kidney beans, black beans, navy beans, chick peas, and black-eyed peas.) Eggs are also an excellent source of protein, and each egg that you eat contains 6 grams of protein. Adding protein powder to a smoothie or to oatmeal is also a great option. This is a protein powder that I recommend. Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder, Creamy Chocolate Fudge, 2.03 Pound, 1 Count
2.) Take Lecithin supplements to promote healthy lung development for your baby.
These supplements should be taken daily beginning at week 24, which is when your baby’s lungs begin to develop. I can share my own unique about how this one helped me in a BIG way. When my first two babies were born, both of them were full term, but they both had breathing issues immediately at birth, and they had to be on oxygen and on antibiotics to clear up their congestion. With my third baby, I learned about Lecithin, and that it is a lung surfactant, and I took it daily from week 24 until the end of my pregnancy, in hopes that this baby would not have an extended hospital stay due to breathing problems. When my son was born, I am so glad to say that he was perfectly healthy, and he was breathing great! I have no doubt that the Lecithin had a lot to do with that! You can buy Lecithin here. NOW Sunflower Lecithin 1200 mg,200 Softgels
3.) Take Dandelion Root and Milk Thistle to support your own liver health.
Pregnancy causes a strain on your entire body. Often your organs need additional support. During all of my pregnancies, I sensed that my liver was under stress because I would get these crazy rashes all over my body, including on the palms of my hand and the soles of my feet. I was tested for ICP (a serious liver condition that may develop during pregnancy) but these tests were always negative. Nonetheless, I still started using the herbal supplements dandelion root and milk thistle, and I almost immediately noticed improvement in my itchiness. You can buy your own dandelion root here and milk thistle here. Oregon’s Wild Harvest Milk Thistle Dandelion Supplement, 90 Count vegetarian capsules
4.) Drink Red Raspberry Leaf tea to strengthen and tone your uterus.
Talk with your health provider on when you should start drinking red raspberry leaf tea and how much you should drink daily. I drink 1-2 cups daily throughout my pregnancy. I first started drinking RRL tea in my second pregnancy, and I noticed a huge difference in my labor overall between my first and my second pregnancy. My contractions were more consistent, more bearable, and progressed more quickly. I will ALWAYS drink Red Raspberry Leaf tea in all of my pregnancies! You can buy yours here. Traditional Medicinals Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea, 16 Tea Bags (Pack of 6)
5.) Regular exercise is important during pregnancy.
The amount and the intensity of the exercise that you can and should do during pregnancy depends on a lot of factors, and that is a question that you should ask your medical provider. However, one safe baseline is to try walking or prenatal yoga, for 30 minutes at least four days a week. This will help you to manage your weight gain during pregnancy, it will help you be able to lose weight more rapidly after you have your baby, and it will prepare your body for the marathon of labor. Prenatal yoga can also help align your spine and your hips for labor and delivery.
6.) Get regular chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy.
Getting regular chiropractic adjustments will help to align your hips for labor. Go to a chiropractor trained in the Webster technique. If your baby is breech, the chiropractor can also help to flip your baby before he or she comes.
These are some great tips and I can’t wait to hear how they work for all you pregnant ladies out there! Be sure to let me know if you try them and how they work for you!!