|Article - Nutrition|
Pregnancy Health Depends on Keeping Things Moving in the Right Direction.
One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is digestive disturbance. Good digestion helps with overall health, increased nutrient absorption, and with comfort during pregnancy. As it?s more common to experience constipation, heartburn and other digestive problems during pregnancy, it?s good to focus on improving our digestion.
Improving digestion before and during pregnancy helps moms feel better and supplies necessary nutrients to moms and babies.
Improving the flow of things
In order to have healthy digestion, it?s important to have the correct balance of bacteria in our system. We want our gut to have high levels of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) and low levels of yeast (Candida), parasites and ?bad? bacteria.
Because antibiotics, which kill bacteria, are so common in our culture, many people are low in good bacteria and high in yeast. This causes uncomfortable symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and overall poor digestion.
Babies don?t have any bacteria when they are born. They must receive these beneficial bacteria from their mother on their way through the birth canal and, after birth, from breast milk and their environment. When moms have high yeast and low beneficial bacteria in their guts, conditions are typically similar in their vaginal tracts. During birth, the baby will be exposed to this imbalance, which can affect the baby?s digestion and even cause colic and thrush.
To improve the balance, eliminate refined carbohydrates such as wheat, flour products, and sugar and stay away from caffeine (and of course alcohol). Increasing your fiber intake through whole grains and vegetables. You can also add the ?good? bacteria to your diet by taking probiotic supplements (found in health food stores) or through foods such as yogurt and kefir. Also reduce your stress level, so your body can focus its energy on keeping things in balance.