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Most Common Questions
and Concerns During Pregnancy

1.     Morning Sickness

The Issue
Although it is one of the most unpleasant aspects of pregnancy, can morning sickness (or NVP- Nausea and Vomiting) actually indicate a lower risk of miscarriage? The answer is yes, according to The National Institutes of Health and a study reported in 2006 in The International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Increased nausea and vomiting are associated with a higher level of a hormone produced by healthy placental tissue. Some experts suggest that NVP may also help women avoid foods that could harm a developing fetus.

The Natural Solution
For most women, NVP is mild and they just need to eat frequently and avoid any known “trigger foods.” Other suggestions that work include:

v     Eat protein every four-five hours to keep blood sugar stable. Also, eat at least two snacks containing healthy fats (best choices are avocado and macadamia nuts).

v     Eat salty items (such as pretzels and crackers) to neutralize excess acid and stimulate the adrenal glands.

v     Consume ginger (in pill, tea, or chewed raw form).

v     Add 10-50 mg. of Vitamin B6 to your prenatal supplement.

v     Add 100-200 mcg. of Vitamin B12 to your prenatal supplement.

v     Use acupuncture/acupressure techniques (wristbands work for some).

2.     Excess of too Little Weight-Gain

The Issue:
Ideal weight gain for pregnancy is between 15 and 40 lbs., according to the Institute of Medicine Guidelines. Unfortunately, about 43% of pregnant women have excess weight gain and 20% have too little weight gain. Excess weight can cause many infant complications, including poor Apgar scores, seizures, low blood sugar levels, and breathing problems. Low maternal weight gain increases the risk of having a low birth weight baby.

The Natural Solution:
Eating healthy, balanced, and taking the necessary dietary supplements as outlined in this plan should prevent this issue.

3.     I’m a Vegetarian- Can I still have a healthy baby?

The Issue

v     Unless vegetarian women eat some animal protein (dairy products, eggs, or fish), they are usually B-12 deficient. A B-12 deficiency puts them at risk for infertility and repeated miscarriages (Journal of Reproductive Medicine, 2001). Vitamin B-12 plays a key role in promoting a healthy nervous system, development of new tissue, and ovulation. A B-12 deficiency may prevent a fertilized egg from developing fully, resulting in miscarriage.

v     Most vegan (no animal food sources) women do not consume enough protein to sustain a healthy pregnancy. Large amounts of soy may be poorly absorbed and can cause infertility, due to its phytoestrogen properties.

v     Vegetarian women are usually deficient in zinc and iron.

The Natural Solution:

v     Take B-12 (100-200 mcg.), in supplement form, daily during childbearing years for added “insurance”.

v     If vegan, add organic eggs, organic egg white protein powder, and/or dairy products (organic whey protein powder), beginning 3 months before intended pregnancy.

v     Begin a good prenatal vitamin supplement (with good amounts of zinc and iron) three months before an intended pregnancy.

v     Try to eat at least 6 oz. of “safe” fish 3-4 times weekly during pregnancy.

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