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Small Adjustments for a Healthy Pregnancy

While I do not expect my clients to drastically change their lifestyle for pregnancy, here are a few small steps you can take to a healthier you during your pregnancy.

  • See your midwife early in pregnancy

  • Keep your appointments

  • Get treatment for all infections

  • Reduce stress

  • Incorporate Prayer, Meditation or Mindfulness techniques into your daily routines

  • Be active

  • Exercise

  • Ensure you have good sleep hygiene

  • Think twice about medications, ask your Midwife for recommended alternatives.

  • Stay away from smoke, vape and other harmful substances

  • Eliminate caffeine and alcohol

  • Avid fish with high amounts of mercury

  • Assign the chore of cleaning the litterbox to someone else if you have cats

  • Eat real food. Meat, and food that grows in the ground. Keeping a food journal for a few days is a great way to keep yourself accountable. You may be doing even better than you think! make a list what you eat presently. From there, you can add foods that may provide you with the extra nutrients that pregnancy requires, and perhaps you’ll be open to acquiring a few new tastes. Pregnancy is the perfect time for you to make friends with food. You will want your child’s relationship to be healthy from the start. Providing a good example is a great incentive for you to reshape your own relationship with food.

  • Have fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout) once a week or take fish oil daily

  • Don't be afraid of red meat! If you can, eat grass-fed, grass finished beef- you'll taste the difference.

  • Use butter over any alternative. Lard and Tallow are also wonderful.

  • Eliminate seed oils. Coconut oil is a plant based source of high quality fat

  • Consider organ meats. Liver is a nutritive powerhouse!

  • Include fermented foods

  • Nutritive teas (see recipe below)

  • Prenatal muti-vitamins, Vitamins D & K, B Complex, Magnesium, iron, other minerals as needed.

Nutritive Tea: 2 parts red raspberry leaf 2 parts nettle 1 part oatstraw ½ part alfalfa ½ part rose hips ¼ part red clover ¼ part spearmint leaf Mix all of the dried herbs together and store in an airtight container away from heat and light. To prepare your infusion, place a heaping ¼ cup of the mixture in a quart-sized jar. Add boiling water to fill the jar, cover, and let steep for a minimum of 30 minutes, a maximum of 2 hours. Strain, sweeten, and drink 1 to 4 cups daily.

Fluids: Aim for half your body weight in ounces. (160 lbs? you need 80 oz per day)

Disclaimer: This Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.

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