As part of my career as a Holistic Health Coach, one of the subjects I am most passionate about is pregnancy. The dream of bringing a new life to this world, and the passion for doing it in the healthiest, safest way possible are the norm in moms to be. I want to talk about diet for pregnant women, and this applies as well to the pregnant-to-be moms out there. We are what we eat, and our babies will also be a reflection of that. For further information, or if you would like a private consultation with me, please email me at [email protected]. If you mention this article, your first consultation is free.
Whether you are Pregnant, or planning to become, this information is for you. Getting our body ready to conceive a new little person is key to assuring that new baby’s health during and after pregnancy. Maintaining in our body a healthy pH is essential, both for your own health, and for the outcome of your pregnancy, and the health of your baby. When the pH in our body is too acidic, cervical mucous becomes acidic as well. And this may lead to a hostile environment that won’t allow proper implantation. Eating alkaline foods is beneficiary for everybody, but an alkaline diet for pregnant woman offers the added value of protecting both her health and her coming baby’s health during pregnancy and in the future.
To maintain a healthy Alkaline balance in your body make sure you consume plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. 70 to 80% of your diet should be made up of Alkalizing foods. Drink enough water, and stay away from extremely acidifying foods.
Time Specials points out the importance of an Alkaline Diet in the reproductive process.
By BONNIE ROCHMAN Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2011
There’s nothing like having a baby on board to make a woman change her lifestyle. In October, pregnant women got extra motivation: a study reported that chowing down on fruits, veggies and whole grains reduces their babies’ risk of having neural tube defects (NTDs) such as spina bifida or a cleft lip. The Stanford University study was among the first to link diet to birth defects.
Researchers looked at the diets of 6,147 moms of babies without birth defects and 3,411 moms of babies born between 1997 and 2005 with NTDs or oral-facial clefts, observing how closely each adhered to two measures of diet quality: the Mediterranean diet and the U.S. Department of Agriculture food pyramid. Both diets emphasize healthy eating that incorporates various food groups, but the food pyramid stresses the importance of specific nutrients.
They learned that women who ate healthiest — munching lots of fruits, vegetables and grains and lower amounts of saturated fats and sweets — were up to 50% less likely than women who ate low-quality diets to have a baby with anencephaly, a serious birth defect in which the brain doesn’t fully form. The better-eating women were also up to 20% less likely to give birth to an infant with spina bifida and up to 30% less likely to have a baby with a cleft lip or cleft palate, according to the study, which was published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Folic-acid intake is emphasized as a way to prevent up to 40% of NTDs, but the findings were consistent regardless of whether a woman took prenatal supplements containing the B vitamin. “It’s not to say that’s not important, but we found the quality of diet matters,” says Suzan Carmichael, lead author of the study and an associate professor in the pediatrics department at Stanford.”
Pregnant women, and women looking to become pregnant should be smart about the way they eat. An Alkaline Diet is ideal for everybody, but specifically for women going through this stage in their lives. They need whole food nutrition from fruits and vegetables to feed their bodies the live nutrients they need to make up for their increasing demands. It’s important to eat foods that are high in fiber. Raw fruits and vegetables provide phytonutrients that feed us at a cellular level. Complex carbohydrates, are a good source of energy and nutrition. And drinking enough water optimizes cellular functioning and balances our pH.