Nutrition During Pregnancy 0Author: Gaetane Ross Pregnancy is a wonderful time in your life. It can also be very taxing and exhausting for your body, mind and spirit at times. But by nourishing your body with proper nutrition for pregnancy, you'll be energized, strong, and sharp, and ready to welcome your healthy and happy bundle of joy. Beans and legumes are good sources of protein, fiber, calcium, iron, thiamine, and niacin. Make a big batch of beans when you have time and freeze them in small containers. Be careful with canned varieties, as they're usually higher in sodium and their nutritional value is a bit lower since they're processed using high temperatures. Soybeans provide more protein than any other bean or legume, making them a staple for either the vegan or non-vegan. Soybeans are rich in many nutrients, including calcium and iron. Include plenty of whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, millet, and oats in your diet as they're a great source of fiber, minerals, protein and B complex vitamins. Buy the least processed grain types you can find, since many of the commercially prepared grains have had the nutritional and beneficial germ and bran removed. Dark green leafy vegetables like kale, collard greens, watercress, and spinach are especially important while pregnant or lactating because they supply so many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron. Dark leafy green vegetables also are rich in phytochemicals like beta carotene and lutein which protect against many forms of cancer. Vegetables from the cabbage family such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage are wonderful sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium. They are also rich in phytochemicals that have anticancer properties. Dark green leafy vegetables and cabbage family vegetables provide important nutrients that help to promote a plentiful milk supply for your baby. Nuts and seeds are good sources of fiber, protein, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Be sure to eat flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds and walnuts to get omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for baby's brain and nervous system development as well as your own health. Nuts and seeds can be eaten raw or toasted, and work great in a salad made of dark leafy green vegetables. Lastly, it's important to drink plenty of water, and make sure you're getting plenty of rest during this time. A well-hydrated, well-rested body will recover from childbirth quicker and will be ready to take on the challenges that life with a newborn baby brings with it. About the author: Did you find those tips on "Super Foods" useful? If so,You can learn a lot more about how we can help you here. http://Live-O-Natural.com Image Source: http://flickr.com/photos/amandawoodward/510472152/
More Fetal Safety Issues 1Fetal Safety and Household Chemicals: According to the article: Household chemicals causing "silent pandemic" found at www.canada.com:
In nine months, the fetal brain grows into ''a complex organ consisting of billions of precisely located, highly interconnected and specialized cells,'' the report says.
The growth occurs within ''a tightly controlled time frame, in which each developmental stage has to be reached on schedule and in the correct sequence.''
This creates ''windows of unique susceptibility to toxic interference'' that can have permanent consequences, say Grandjean and co-author Philip J. Landrigan, a professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.Click here to read the full article at www.canada.com Sheryl's comment: The scary part of industrial chemicals is that you cannot see them, smell them or taste them, yet they can adversely effect fetal development and permanently alter your child. These chemicals are in your home, your air, your water, your food and your toiletries. There is simply no escaping them for they are in the atmosphere. You can only do the best you can. Detox your home prior to conception if possible. Be aware of potential dangers such as carpeting and by all means never install carpeting if ttc, pregnant, nursing or if you have crawler/toddler in the house. Use air and water filters and eat as organic as possible. Do not have metal fillings put in or taken out if a fetus or baby in any way receives nutrition directly from your body. (Ideally have them removed at least three months prior to conceiving). If you have metal fillings never chew gum while pregnant, minimize hot beverages and try to chew as little as possible (ie: forgo a bag of potato chips). Do not eat microwaved food and if you would rather not err on the side of caution, then never microwave in plastic containers or with plastic wrap unless you want a nice girly little boy. Please use organic bath and beauty products. This is very important because beauty products are not regulated. An even better solution is to get some recipes and make your own bath and beauty products with food grade ingredients from your own kitchen. It is especially important during pregnancy to remember to not put anything on your skin that you are not willing to eat. Are these scare tactics? No. I have no reason to scare you. We are talking about chemicals with unknown properties that can have permanent effects on your unborn child. Is your convenience really worth your child's IQ? Or risking autism? You make the choice.