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Holistic nutrition helps moms nourish their minds and their bodies so they?ll grow healthy babies

Pregnancy is the most important time to be conscious about what you eat. Traditional wisdom, scientific findings and mother's intuition understand that nutrition has an important impact on fetuses and babies, as well as moms who need good health and strength to take care of their newborns.

But diet only means so much. Mental and emotional nourishment are equally important. So when women trying to conceive come to me, I recommend they focus on three areas:

It?s important to think nurturing thoughts and surround yourself with a calm, loving environment.

Developing a meaningful connection to something that gives you energy has never been more important.

Build an inner environment optimally suited for the creation of life, including all of the nutrients needed.

The combination of these three things is what we call ?holistic nutrition,? and it?s extremely beneficial during pregnancy and has a lifelong impact on the health of your child. Holistic nutrition builds a strong physiological system from the very beginning of conception.

Rules of thumb for pregnancy nutrition

  • Maximize every bite. In order to absorb the large amount of nutrients required for pregnancy, it?s important to eat as many nutrient-dense foods as possible.
  • Adding fiber to your diet can help you avoid problems like constipation and hemorrhoids.
  • Abundant water and good hydration are important for pregnancy. Water flushes waste products from cells and aids liver and kidney function for mother and baby?s waste. Proper hydration is important for adequate breast milk production and flow.
  • Take a prenatal supplement. This is a good ?insurance policy.? However, it is still best to get as many key nutrients as you can from whole foods. Nutrients from food are more easily absorbed than supplement
  • Avoid additives and toxins in foods, including: mercury in fish, MSG, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, nitrates/nitrites in cured meats such as ham and bacon, artificial sweeteners, contaminants in water, and pesticides in produce and animal products. These substances are harmful to moms and babies.

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