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Food for Pregnancy…



Mom’s prenatal diet and the foods she provides to her children have a long term impact, affecting not only the child’s health, but the child’s behavior and even intelligence down the road.

Poor diet and inadequate nutrition are factors of pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes, . But with more mothers taking initiative with their own  health, we have the opportunity to turn the tide.


  • Eat folic acid during pregnancy and make sure your young children do too, because this vitamin of the B complex is essential to neural development. A 2013 long-term study by NURTRIMENTHE found folic acid to reduce the likelihood of behavioral problems in early childhood.
  • How do you get it? Although it is found naturally in whole grains, green leafy vegetables, beans, bananas, broccoli, and milk the advice is to also supplement daily with 400 mcg pre-pregnancy and for the first three months of pregnancy.
  • Eat quality fats, especially essential fats such as omega-3 fatty acids, because are the building blocks of the human brain.
  • How do you get it? Up your intake of flax seeds, walnuts, salmon, sardines and mackerel.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough iodine. The mineral iodine was shown by the 2013 long-term study to have a positive effect on reading ability in children when measured at age nine.
  • How do you get it? Eat sustainably harvested sea foods and otherwise use iodized table salt. Try this delicious Red Chili Salmon recipe rich in both omega-3 and iodine.
  • Fill your diet with protein. According to Dr. Brewer and his important work in the 1950’s and 60s, the cause of pre-eclampsia is an abnormal blood volume, caused by malnutrition and particular a deficit in protein. In his comprehensive pregnancy diet, he recommends that women eat 80-120 grams of protein every day to avoid this and other complications.
  • How do you get it? Every 1 – 2 hours throughout the day, eat a variety of high-quality eggs, meat, fish, tofu, beans, nuts or cheese.

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