When I was pregnant I took a prenatal vitamin because that is what my doctor told me to do. I followed all of the rules they gave me at my first visit. I read all the pamphlets and made sure I did exactly what they recommended. But was it enough? The answer is no. The fact of the matter is, I didn’t know the importance of getting enough nutrients from my food so that my baby could not only grow, but thrive and be healthy. I felt, at the time, that I ate pretty well. I was healthy and my baby was healthy and I had no complications or issues during pregnancy or delivery. My issues began after my delivery. Looking back I see that my diet, consisting mostly of carbohydrates, devastated my body after I had my son. I didn’t get adequate nutrition, even though my baby did.
What your body needs
When you have a child growing inside of you, your body will do what is necessary to get the vitamins and nutrients that baby needs to grow. That means if you aren’t getting what you need from the food you consume, it will pull the nutrients the baby NEEDS from different organs in your body, i.e., calcium from your teeth.
Most women don’t know that the prenatal vitamin works best when taken before getting pregnant to boost vitamin levels to prepare for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy when the most important decisions about your baby’s development are made. While the prenatal vitamin is better than nothing, it doesn’t replace the pure nutrients we get from whole food. These nutrients are essential for a thriving, healthy baby, toddler, teen, and adult. The food choices we make during pregnancy are going to have an impact on your baby throughout their entire life. In studies where over 90 percent of moms took prenatal vitamins, 56% were Vitamin D insufficient. This is just one example of a study showing vitamin deficiencies in pregnant moms. There are many.
So, what do you need to eat?
How much thought have you given to your Nutrition before, during, or after pregnancy? You can make healthy changes that could affect your child’s lifelong health! Get rid of sugar, vegetable oils, processed foods, fast food, and soda! These are doing nothing for your body or your baby’s! Your doctor, more than likely, is going to give you a laundry list of “foods” that you should avoid, such as deli meat and canned tuna. What they aren’t going to tell you is to stay away from junk food! Want a smarter baby? Eat more Omega 3’s, vitamin E, and Iodine. Eat more fermented foods to boost yours and baby’s immune system. You and your baby need protein, cholesterol, vitamin B, B2, vitamin C, phosphorus, and iron! Eating a diet with variety of vegetables, meat, dairy, and eggs will provide you with these nutrients.
You have the power to change the course of your pregnancy and your postpartum journey. If you want to know more, or you need help with your nutrition book an appointment by clicking the link below.