Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy
These days the medical world treats pregnancy like it's some kind of 'clinical' condition, which really is a crazy notion.
There's no question in my mind that today more harm than good is being done to unborn and newborn babies by way of excessive ultrasounds, pre-natal drugs, elective cesareans and vaccines at birth.
Being pregnant is not a dis-ease that needs to be treated!
Pregnancy should be a joyful, natural process where 'mum's to be' should feel confident in their body's innate intelligence to support and give life to their unborn child.
With this in mind, here are my top 7 tips for helping to ensure a healthy, happy pregnancy and birth:
- Eat the way your baby eats - The child growing inside you raids your bloodstream for glucose 24 hours a day to nourish itself. Your blood sugar levels can drop sharply if you don’t regularly replenish the supply. The best tactic is to switch the way you eat to the way the baby eats, which is basically grazing throughout the day, just a little bit at a time. Simple natural sugars like that from fruit, puts glucose back into your system quickly and easily, so too does my raw food meal, Pulse;
- Avoid fried, fatty foods - In particular, hydrogenated oils and trans fats which are harder to digest, add toxicities to the blood stream and have a tendency to make pregnant women feel nauseated;
- Snack on raw nuts regularly - Raw nuts like pesticide-free Almonds, Macadamias and Brazil Nuts are an ideal choice because they balance blood sugar, help you to feel full almost immediately, nourish you and your baby with protein, good fats and essential vitamins and they're ultra convenient;
- Eat Feminine Signature Foods e.g. Avocados & Olives - Avocados share the exact same signature pattern ('sign of nature') as a womb and cervix with a swollen seed in side (just like a woman who is pregnant). The good fats in Avocados protect the myelin sheaths of the nerves that helps prevent prolapse and complications in delivery. Olives specifically resemble the shape and structure of the female ovaries and target the health of the feminine reproductive organs before, during and after pregnancy.
- Include Fermented Foods - The stomach naturally makes more acids during pregnancy and those acids need something to work on. Including high quality fermented foods in your diet like organic cheeses and yogurt, sauerkraut and kefir and drinks like kombucha will add good bacteria and stabilise the ecology of your gut, helping you to avoid symptoms like heart burn and to keep your digestive system working efficiently;
- Drink lots of clear fluids - Water, fruit juice, clear veggie broth and organic herbal teas like camomile, peppermint, raspberry leaf and lemon will not only provide hydration and easily assimilated nutrients to you and your baby, the teas can be tremendously calming to help you through uncomfortable periods;
- Walk on Water!!! - Walking and light swimming or aqua aerobics are all low impact activities that are ideal during pregnancy to maintain muscle tone, avoid constipation, deliver oxygenated blood to your cells and have you in better physical condition when it's time to give birth to your child. The more light exercise you do throughout your pregnancy, the more energised you'll feel and the quicker you'll get back to your pre-pregnancy shape after giving birth.
The most important thing of all is to TRUST your body's divine wisdom to feed and grow your unborn child, rather than decide that you're going to need to be 'medically treated' constantly simply because you're pregnant. Look after yourself with simple principles of self care, avoiding processed caffeine, hard alcohol, artificial sweeteners and toxic medications...and go with your cravings when they arise.
Pregnancy is not a time to be hard on yourself or to feel guilty if you need to eat a little extra or have a sweet treat ever once in a while. Listen to your body, make smart choices and you'll go a long way to ensuring that you have an enjoyable, hassle-free pregnancy and your new baby will love you for it!
Oh, and if you have morning sickness which is common, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy, go with Ginger. Ginger has been revered for thousands of years as a natural medicinal plant that rapidly relieves nausea. Grate fresh ginger root into stir fries or onto steamed vegetables, or add hot water to finely cut slices to make a soothing, ginger tea (you can also add a small squeeze of raw organic honey if you need some sweetness).