Adjusting diet for pregnancy
Right now, I think I might be pregnant. I'll find out for certain in a couple days but right now
it's looking pretty likely. I was wondering if anyone has diet tips for me:
Here is a pretty typical diet for me:
2-3 eggs for breakfast cooked in coconut oil
3 slices of bacon
Maybe a coconut/banana smoothie if I am extra hungry
I often skip lunch cause I am not hungry
Dinner is usually a huge side of veggies (assorted)
Large helping of Fish/Venison/Chicken
Sometimes I'll make either a pot of chicken or venison stew
and have a bowl for a snack. Another snack I like is
home made venison jerky.
I don't eat dairy (except for butter) because it makes me congested.
About once a week I eat organ meat (especially liver)
This is from deer my husband shoots. Or a little peanut butter (my lovable vice).
How can I make my diet even more healthy for pregnancy? What would you add/minus?
Should I add a little more starch? I do eat either potatoes or quinoa
once in a while if I crave it.
Get avocados in you -- at least 1/2 per day (one if it's a small one), as it has the folic acid (also found in beans) in it. It's great to get extra folic acid.
Low mercury fish, fish, fish!!!! Especially sardines and canned red salmon, with the bones (for calcium). Bone broths for the minerals. Fish is brain food for you AND the baby! Also....you will need about 300 cal. more per day for an optimal pregnancy and birth weight for baby. Congratulations! (And yes, ditto on the folate. I would take OTC folate or prenatal vitamins, just for insurance. Folate prevents spina bifida and related conditions and is necessary in the first trimester.
Let us know...
Liver (see your already doing that once a week...good!). Nothing need change really. Healthy is healthy....
I didn't take prenatal vitamins, but I understand why people would (for insurance). FIsh is a good one, too. I practically CRAVED it during pregnancy.
First, how very exciting for you! Second, I think you can keep most things the same just eat a little more (as said, about 300cals more than usual) and make sure you are getting all your proper nutrients.
Lots of coconut oil, especially when it comes time for breastfeeding. MCT is essential for growing babies.
I don't think you're supposed to eat liver when pregnant as it contains too much vitamin A which is toxic to a baby. Worth checking this out to be on the safe side. My daughter's pregnant and she's been told to avoid liver. Congrats!
You won't need to eat more for several months, and you body will definately tell you when you do. Believe me. Then you might add 1/2 can good fish and a prebiotic (sauerkraut, pcikles, etc.) or some green leaves for lunch. (Put the other 1/2 can in a baggie for the next day.) From 5-9 months nothing will be able to stop you from eating. Do take pregnancy vitamins.