4 Tips for Simplifying Pregnancy Nutrition
1. Drink plenty of water.
It has really been a challenge for me to get down that much liquid with the many distractions of toddler chasing, but I know it’s important for a healthy pregnancy. My plan is to try to drink 11 cups of water per day along with 4 cups of my pregnancy tea (see #2 below).
2. Drink pregnancy tea.
My plan is to drink 4 cups of pregnancy tea everyday which will count towards my water consumption too. I knew that I would need a super easy method to make the infusion if I was going to actually do it everyday. I got a tea pot with built in infuser, so I can just dump the herbs and water in and go on with my day.
3. Take your supplements.
However, all these vitamins can only be effective if you actually take them. Unfortunately, there’s no absorbing just by looking at them sitting in your cabinet. My goal is to take all of the supplements as recommended by my naturopath and midwife that I know will help me have a healthy pregnancy. I have them separated into two weekly pill organizers like this, one for morning and one for night, to help me remember.
4. Eat your fruits, veggies, and steak?
During my first pregnancy, I closely followed the Brewer Diet checklist that is a part of the Bradley Method Childbirth classes. It isn’t the perfect pregnancy diet. I doubt there is a perfect diet, pregnancy or otherwise. (While following this pregnancy diet, I was regularly consuming 110 to 160 grams of protein while both of my midwives have recommended around 70 grams of protein per day.)
This time around, I think I’ll just use it as a guideline. I do really like the checklist format to help me remember to eat my veggies, especially the green leafy ones. I also plan to continue my commitment to not eat any sweets throughout this pregnancy. To learn more about eating a healthy real food diet during pregnancy check out The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care and Real Food for Mother and Baby.