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    My wife is currently 5 weeks pregnant. We are both very excited. I plan on buying MegaFoods Baby & Me prenatals, she is currently taking DHA 500 mg and Vitamin D3 5,000 IU. I was wondering what other supplements she should take? I just want my future son or daughter to be strong and very healthy.

    I even bought Almond milk so my wife can drink it. She won't. She is very picky with her milk (it was worth a shot). Myself I stopped drinking cow's milk and switched to Almond milk but drink it once in a while.I'm not a big milk drinker. Never have been. She is drinking water though. She takes her 1 liter water bottle to work everyday. By the way we have a water softener at home that goes to every water pipe. Not sure if it's safe to drink or not. She fills up her water bottle from the fridge which is filtered.

    Sadly she is not eating Primal/Paleo like I am. She follows the conventional methods. She is the type of person that needs to be shown hard concrete evidence in order to change her ways. I had a hard time convincing her to get higher Vitamin D3 IU's until I showed her a study they did on pregnant women and read some more articles to her how beneficial it is.

    I want my son or daughter to be so healthy that it astounds the medical staff when he or she is born.

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    Originally posted by linuxguy0481 View Post
    My wife is currently 5 weeks pregnant. We are both very excited. I plan on buying MegaFoods Baby & Me prenatals, she is currently taking DHA 500 mg and Vitamin D3 5,000 IU. I was wondering what other supplements she should take? I just want my future son or daughter to be strong and very healthy.

    I even bought Almond milk so my wife can drink it. She won't. She is very picky with her milk (it was worth a shot). Myself I stopped drinking cow's milk and switched to Almond milk but drink it once in a while.I'm not a big milk drinker. Never have been. She is drinking water though. She takes her 1 liter water bottle to work everyday. By the way we have a water softener at home that goes to every water pipe. Not sure if it's safe to drink or not. She fills up her water bottle from the fridge which is filtered.

    Sadly she is not eating Primal/Paleo like I am. She follows the conventional methods. She is the type of person that needs to be shown hard concrete evidence in order to change her ways. I had a hard time convincing her to get higher Vitamin D3 IU's until I showed her a study they did on pregnant women and read some more articles to her how beneficial it is.

    I want my son or daughter to be so healthy that it astounds the medical staff when he or she is born.
    You need to lighten up - As long as your wife has plenty of good fruit, vegetables, protein and things like folic acid and iodine your baby will be perfectly healthy.

    Don't try altering her diet too much, shes pregnant and will be dealing with hunger, morning sickness, tiredness etc.

    Just because you are Primal - don't push it on her - especially while shes pregnant!! LOL - Your wife may react in unforeseen ways while pregnant (irrational, hormonal tantrums) - for goodness sake give her what she wants to eat...

    Happy mum and healthy diet - even with grains, is better than a miserable, hormonal mum to be...

    How on earth is your baby going to astound medical staff? This makes me chuckle...

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    • #3
      Read Deep Nutrition by Cate Shanahan. The die is already cast. You just want to make sure your wife is happy and healthy
      Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

      Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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      • #4
        Originally posted by peril View Post
        The die is already cast. You just want to make sure your wife is happy and healthy
        This.
        The Champagne of Beards

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        • #5
          Congrats! I have had two high risk pregnancies, one of which was twins. I think as long as she takes her prenatal vitamins and drinks lots of water so she doesn't get dehydrated and eats lots of protein and gets tons of rest when possible, everything will go well. Those are the biggies! Anything else is a bonus.

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          • #6
            Check out Chris Kresser's website, he's done free blog posts on many health issues and a package (not free) on fertility, pregnancy, and babies. Chris Kresser

            http://healthybabycode.com/signup

            You might find his material to be useful. I really enjoy his podcasts, too, though his voice irritates me a little. But his data is well-researched and interesting.
            SW: 243
            CW: 177
            Goal: Health

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            • #7
              My last 2 pregnancies were both high risk, and I was definitely pre-primal with them both. Honestly the thing with being pregnant (especially if your wife is having ANY trouble with morning sickness) is to eat what your body is craving. Sometimes that's the only thing you won't puke up.

              My kids are all three healthy and happy, even having me eat whatever it was I was eating at the time. Relax, and enjoy being a dad-to-be, and love your wife :-)

              Congrats!!!

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              • #8
                Why is her pregnancy high-risk?

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                • #9
                  Oh God, do leave your wife alone. She should eat whatever she likes, the baby will be fine. Stress your wife out with demands for ueberbabies, and the baby will suffer from your stressed-out wife. Concentrate on being really nice to her, that's better for her.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Comma View Post
                    Oh God, do leave your wife alone. She should eat whatever she likes, the baby will be fine. Stress your wife out with demands for ueberbabies, and the baby will suffer from your stressed-out wife. Concentrate on being really nice to her, that's better for her.
                    +1. Encourage her to eat/live healthfully if she is interested and asks for your help, otherwise help her do what makes her feel best and helps her have an enjoyable, low-stress pregnancy.

                    Her stress level is WAY more important for the baby than trying to optimize the minutia of her diet.
                    Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

                    My Primal Journal

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                    • #11
                      Eat organic! Eat grass fed. Avoid Nutrasweet/Aspartame. No vaccines or major dental work on amalgams while pregnant (I could talk for pages on this subject). Eat fish caught in cold waters only (West Coast over East Coast for sure). She doesn't need to drink milk of any kind, really. Dark, leafy greens are great! If she is generally a healthy eater, this baby will be fine as far as diet goes. Stay physically active within her limitations. Reduce stress... which means don't push her *now* to go Primal! Enjoy this pregnancy, support your wife, and be in awe of how her body is changing with that growing baby inside her! Congratulations on your new child and on the changes you have made in your life. Maybe she'll want to look at the PB when that baby weight isn't coming off as fast as she had hoped.
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                      • #12
                        I do get why you have concerns and want the best. It must be a bit frustrating being a parent-to-be but not really having control over the nutrition your baby gets! That's the price of being a man I guess . On the upside, you're not the one who has the side effects of carrying it or giving birth to it!!

                        Even if your wife eats a conventional diet (a fairly healthy one!) your baby will be fine. And as others have said "the die has been cast"... there's not much you can change ONCE the pregnancy is underway (yes you can choose to eat healthy and stuff while pregnant, but your nutrient status BEFORE pregnancy is of prime importance).

                        Just relax and enjoy the ride, and trust that your wife is doing what SHE thinks is best for herself and the baby (and be glad you're not the one who has to push it out at the end!!).

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                        • #13
                          There are plenty of studies on the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, eliminating hydrogenated oils, etc. while pregnant, so dig those up and show them to her. She may feel tired or nauseated at times, so use these opportunities to prepare healthy foods for her, that you know she'll like, as a way to pamper her. But please don't attempt to alter her food choices. She'll likely just get resentful. As long as she's open to your suggestions, you can help her prepare nutritionally dense foods, and you don't have to call them "primal." if she wants a brownie, or some bread, or whatever, remember that she doesn't stop being a person because she's helping to grow your child. It's going to be okay. When she gets over the morning sickness, you ask her to take walks with you. Exercise, flexibility, and not gaining too much weight will all make a big difference in how comfortable she feels in the last trimester of pregnancy.

                          BTW, all the nurses were astounded by how easily I gave birth, the size of my baby, and how healthy he was. I was eating CW at the time.
                          my primal journal:
                          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...Primal-Journal

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Saoirse View Post
                            BTW, all the nurses were astounded by how easily I gave birth, the size of my baby, and how healthy he was. I was eating CW at the time.
                            Me too. My second was almost born in the car and the first labor/delivery was 4hrs start to finish after being on bedrest.

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                            • #15
                              My first was born in 4 hours from start to finish, labored at home and birthed quickly in the hospital. My other two were both 2 hours or under start to finish, and were both born at home. My third baby's labor was so efficient that my husband didn't make it home and I birthed by myself. I wasn't primal for any of these pregnancies, but I did eat fairly healthy, from scratch, using healthy fats.
                              my primal journal:
                              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...Primal-Journal

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