Symbiotic Benefits of Nutrition for Mom and Baby

Fresh Living Food
(your main source of the water soluble B-Vitamins and Vit.C)
-7 ½ cup servings of raw or lightly steamed fruits and vegetables daily (do not cook for long, B-vitamins are destroyed during cooking).

Benefits to Mom:
Providing B-vitamins, B6 for preventing morning sickness, folic acid for preventing birth defects and all B-vitamins helping to cope with stress and work synergistically; Vit. C prevents bleeding gums, hemorrhoids and varicose veins; whole food fiber for prevention and relief of constipation

Benefits to Baby:
Provides complex carbs, vitamins and minerals, amino acids and EFA’s all of which provide a foundation for a strong healthy constitution on which to establish baby’s optimal health

Water
– Be conscious of your thirst signals and slowly increase your water consumption to the highest amount that feels comfortable.
-Eat more raw fruit
-In order to increase the bioavailability of the water(meaning that it is more usable for the body, meaning you will pee less of it out!), one can add the juice of half a lemon, an 1/8th of a cup of liquid probiotic or ½ cup whey to each glass).

Benefits to Mom: – To facilitate expanding blood volume
– To meet the extra demands on internal regulatory mechanisms
-Plays a preventative role in pregnancy induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia)
-Optimizes energy (think of how a plant perks up when finally watered after neglect!)
-Prevents vaginal itch and dryness.
-Prevents preterm labour, dry skin, miscarriage, constipation, hemorrhage and electrolyte imbalances.

Benefits to Baby:
Did you know that your body replenishes approximately 1 cup of amniotic fluid every hour?
-Give your baby clean fresh amniotic fluids to bathe in!

Probiotics
-1tbsp of sauerkraut with each meal (will also provide more enzymes to improve digestion) or 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar in water with each meal (both options unpasteurized of course!)
-traditionally fermented pickles and other fermented foods
– certified organic living whole food probiotic green drink or probiotic liquid
-yogurt and kefir
*homemade because the most beneficial micro flora are at their highest count 3 days after culturing.

Benefits to Mom:
-Essential to keeping the elimination system (digestive tract) and bloodstream clean
-Balancing intestinal flora, and thereby preventing thrush/yeast overgrowth and GBS (common vaginal “bad” bacteria) which is often treated in labour with antibiotics (that further imbalance intestinal flora and can initiate more health problems.
-Required to optimize nutrient bioavailability, ie: fats into fatty acids
-To produce certain B vitamins and Vit. K which are essential for blood clotting

Benefits to Baby:
-Optimizes baby’s intestinal flora balance for good health
-Frontline of the immune system
-Creates a solid foundation for good digestion, assimilation and elimination
-Prevents colic, thrush, allergies and food sensitivities
-Balanced intestinal flora essential for good health
-Frontline of immune system
-Essential for optimal digestion, assimilation and elimination
-Mother “cultures baby” (passes on flora to baby) through the vaginal canal @ birth.
-Baby’s immune system is being fortified through the quality of mother’s breast milk (nutrition, lactoferrin, immunoglobulin etc.) as well as the breast milk’s microbial content.
-Infant colic has been shown to be relieved by L.reuteri  (commercially available by Nature’s Way), otherwise only give baby probiotics specifically formulated for baby’s including b.infantis

EFA’s (essential fatty acids)
-1 Tbsp flax oil or 3 Tbsp ground flax per day on salad or on steamed veggies& in porridge (cooled down to avoid destroying fragile EFA’s)
-fresh cold water fish 2-3 times per week (herring, mackerel, salmon, fresh tuna).
-switch from margarine (of any kind) to butter or organic unrefined cold pressed organic olive and coconut oil. Avoid all refined oils.

Benefits to Mom:
– Lubricates the colon & helping in certain types of constipation.
-Prevents “pregnancy brain” (phospholipids are  major constituent of the myelin sheath promoting a “smooth run” for signals in the brain; commonly they are referred to as the “memory molecules”, however, they also play a role in  mood  & mental performance)
– eliminates morning sickness due to blood sugar imbalance

Benefits to Baby:
-They are essential for brain and eye formation.
-Prevent learning disorders and ADD/ADHD.
-Promote integrity of all cell membranes and myelin sheaths
-Fatty acids optimize immune system functioning (for mom too!):
1) stabilize of cell membranes
2) assist in antibody production
3) anti-inflammatory

Cooked leafy green vegetables, seaweeds and ground seeds (bioavailable minerals and protein!)
*Nourishing a baby while in the womb (and during nursing), takes the biggest toll on our mineral and fatty acid reserves. With each subsequent pregnancy, the mother may find herself more and more depleted.  It is no wonder that we have mothers with hormonal and nervous system disorders along with a general feeling of depletion, reduced immunity and dryness (which can take many forms).  This is unnecessary and can be prevented through optimal nutrition. Building and maintaining excellent nutrition status is prenatal care that you can give to yourself!

Benefits to Mom:
-Magnesium helps bring water into the colon which prevents constipation and water retention.
– Tooth and bone building
-Tones the nervous system

Benefits to Baby:
-Mineral rich amniotic fluid in which to bathe during fetal life.
– A strong healthy constitution on which to establish baby’s optimal health foundation.
-A mom who feels good and has the energy to enjoy life!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Carole Perez on August 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    awesome sherry thank you… love and blessings Carole

    Reply

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