May 28th 2021 - Nutrition Prior to and During Pregnancy
In my work with couples who are trying to conceive, I often mention diet as incredibly important ,and not just during pregnancy. (The universal experience of food cravings, and also food rejection, is testimony to the fact that unborn children know what foods they need, and those they cannot tolerate). Diet is also important in order to facilitate conception.
During pregnancy I craved pudding and mandarin oranges, while the smell of coffee(which I normally drink in great quantities) made me ill. Obviously my babies knew that their bodies needed milk products and vitamin c, and did not tolerate caffeine.:)
Did you know that raspberry tea can strengthen your uterus? Also, a TTC woman should get carotene daily(carrots are an easy source) as carotene is most highly concentrated in the female body at the site where ovulation takes place. Cranberry and lemon are helpful in stimulating normal ovulation also.
In medieval times, wealthy women often had difficulty in childbirth. The peasants, who were described by the rich as “disgustingly healthy” or “healthy as a horse”, often had large broods of children and went back to farm labour soon after birth.
How can we explain this? Well, the wealthy had a high fat, high meat, high sugar, high caffeine diet. (Remember Marie Antoinette saying “let them eat cake?”) The peasants did not eat cake at all as sugar was expensive. They ate homemade bread, and whatever vegetables they could grow on their own tiny plots...maybe some eggs if they were lucky enough to own a few chickens. They also worked hard physically. And guess what...their “poor man’s diet” was healthier, and their active lifestyle was healthier also.
According to Samantha Peris, registered holistic nutritionist and owner of Nu-Roots. Com, diet may play a huge role in trying to get pregnant .She says 3 palm sized servings of organic meat a week are sufficient.
A common sense approach to nutrition today incudes the understanding that the more natural, the better. The more fruits and vegetables the better.
The less processing the better. No junk food, easy on the salt, sugar, fast food, and fried foods.
Michael Pollan, cookbook author, says we should “Eat food. Mostly plants.” This is his wry way of saying that junk food is not food at all. (The body does not know what to do with the synthetic garbage, and stores it as fat.)
Samantha Peris states, “It has been shown that couples who have trouble conceiving have increased their chances of conception by avoiding gluten...Other potential allergens such as wheat, dairy, caffeine and alcohol may cause stress on the body.... Ask your Naturopathic Doctor for an IgG food sensitivity test....Plant based sources of protein have shown to boost fertility, so as you decrease animal protein, stock up on lentils, pinto beans, chickpeas and other legumes.”
According to Samantha Peris women need the following nutrients to get pregnant:
“ Selenium: Brazil nuts are the most concentrated source. Also try: broccoli, sea vegetables, salmon, wheat germ, garlic, dark leafy greens and whole grains.”
Note: Men also need selenium, to provide mobile sperm.)
Samantha Peris suggests that you need:
“* Vitamin A: eggs, milk, carrots, spinach, sweet potato, kale, squash, swiss chard, bell peppers
* Vitamin C: parsley, broccoli, bell pepper, strawberries, oranges, lemon juice, papaya, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, and brussels sprouts
* Vitamin E: mustard greens, chard, sunflower seeds, turnip greens, almonds and spinach
* Folate (and other B Vitamins): Lentils, chickpeas, pinto beans, spinach, collard greens, kale, nutritional yeast, bee pollen
* Iron: lentils, spinach, blackstrap molasses, liver, sesame seeds, chickpeas, olives
* Increase fiber intake - Fiber helps to pull excess estrogen (and other toxins) out of the body. Try whole food sources like 1-2 tbsp of chia seeds per day in breakfast or a smoothie.
* Try maca root powder - It is a superfood root vegetable from Peru that has been said to boost fertility in men and women, it may even increase sperm count! Try 1 tbsp in your smoothies.
* Eat pumpkin seeds - They are really high in zinc, one of the most important fertility boosting minerals for both men and women.”
In my work with Spirit Babies I ask women to learn to communicate with their children long before they are verbal. All women have this ability...it’s called women’s intuition, and its purpose is to help mothers give their children what they need.
A woman who has not yet had a child can also learn to listen to intuitive messages when deciding for example, what foods make her feel good. One trick which can be used in the supermarket is to hold a piece of fruit against your stomach and sense whether your body moves forward or backwards. (And when you are pregnant, your baby will send you even clearer messages as to which foods to eat or avoid.)
By Christine Nightingale,
with thanks and acknowledgement to Samantha Peris.
I have helped over 600 couples communicate with their Spirit Babies
Nightingale Natural Healing
72 Newbridge Crescent
Brampton, Ontario L6S 4B3
My therapy practice has been built on helping hundreds of mothers tune in to their future babies' messages about all sorts of things, including diet. Spirit Baby and Spirit Baby Two are available from Amazon.