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Prenatal Nutrition — The Building Blocks for a Strong, Healthy, Pregnancy

What we’ve known for decades.

We all know that well-balanced nutrition at all stages of life is important. This is especially true in pregnancy because your nutrition is what is used for the normal development, growth, and functioning of the baby. We also know that poor nutrition in pregnancy can result in a premature and/or low birth weight baby who has an increased risk of mental and physical problems. Normal reproduction also depends upon well-balanced nutrition. A daily intake of foods high in vital nutrients plays a role in the mother’s energy and health. Well-balanced nutrition also helps the uterus grow correctly and feeds the placenta which feeds the baby.

Importance of Nutrition During Pregnancy

Blood volume will increase over the course of pregnancy as a protective factor for the baby and the mother provided the mother is healthy and well-fed. You will require lots of highly nutritious food in order for this to occur. The medical community has known since the late 1930’s to the early 1940’s how important nutrition is during pregnancy. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has even developed a nutritional program of their own in an effort to ensure proper nutrition during pregnancy yet we continue to have babies born to malnourished mothers. Poor nutrition is linked to pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH), edema (swelling), pre-eclampsia, toxemia, HELLP, anemias, intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR), abruption of the placenta, premature labor, low birth weight, and preterm birth, which is linked to poor fetal development, brain damage, etc.

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A Nutrition Plan for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth

The best nutritional program available to you during pregnancy today was developed by Dr. Tom Brewer who was an Obstetrician (OB) wanting to know how to best feed the pregnant female. He did his research and put together a nutritional program that many care givers and mothers refer to simply as “the Brewer Diet”. Unfortunately, most OBs either don’t know about this nutritional program or don’t agree with it. Learning about this nutritional program, gives you the opportunity to avoid pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH), pre-eclampsia (PE), eclampsia, HELLP syndrome, intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR), placenta abruption, premature contractions, dysfunctional birth process, low birth weight, postpartum hemorrhage, and most milk supply issues that impact breastfeeding. These are all conditions that might be avoided by eating a well-balanced diet made up of whole food sources from as earlier in your pregnancy as possible.

  • If using a milk substitute: calcium replacement 2 servings per serving of milk substitute
  • Eggs: two daily
  • Meats, Seafood, Meat substitutes: 6 to 8 1-ounce servings daily (animal or vegetable — you decide)
  • Eat between 80 and 120 grams of high-quality protein daily (NOTE from Angie: We have learned that soy is not a high-quality source of protein and should be avoided unless you are blood type A….even then, it should be fermented first. Read more here and here and then do your own research.)
  • Fresh Dark Green Vegetables: 2 servings
  • Vitamin C Foods: 2 servings
  • WHOLE Grains, starchy vegetables and fruits: 5 servings (think rice, oatmeal, etc — NOT bread, crackers, etc)
  • Fats & Oils: 3–5 servings daily (include Omega-3)
  • Vitamin A Source: yellow or orange fruits and vegetables: 1 serving
  • Liver: 1 serving weekly (Not a fan of liver? Eat more protein than originally stated to make up for the lack of liver.)
  • Drink water to thirst — do not force fluids
  • Salt food to taste — unlimited (plays a role in the necessary blood volume expansion) (See below for more information on how to use salt properly.)
  • Snacks and additional menu choices — unlimited
  • Optional Supplements — only as needed
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Salt is an important part of The Brewer Diet. Proper intake of salt aids with the necessary 60% increase in blood volume that must occur in order for both mom and baby to experience a safe pregnancy and birth. This isn’t just about salting your food to taste. This is about fully understanding what salt does for the body and which salt to use.

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