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What foods to eat in pregnancy rather than vitamin supplements?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 29, 2012 at 8:48 PM

We are so happy to find my wife is pregnant again. This is her first paleo pregnancy.

We began Primal ala Sisson in February of this year. My wife prefers not to take supplements if she can eat real food. I checked past questions, got some ideas, but nothing seemed to match what we hope to find out.

Some facts:

She does not eat dairy as she gets a rash.

She eats moose liver occasionally by grinding it into beef at home. Moose liver is intense in flavor.

She loves broccoli and leafy greens and eats them often.

She takes vitamin D supplement. We live in rural Alaska and D is lacking in most Alaskans

She had her iron tested recently and was mid-range in the good levels.

She eats coconut milk often.

She eats eggs from chickens we raise.

She puts seaweed in our food for iodine, etc.

She eats almonds almost daily as her normal go to snack.

She eats approx. 60% healthy fat, 20% protein and 20% carbs. She does not track often, but when calculated she eats 100 grams of carbs a day and sometimes up to 150.

She is 39. Her starting weight was 263 in December and is now 231. We have three healthy children ages 14, 11, and 13 months. She has had one first trimester miscarriage. She has not had any morning sickness. All the pregnancies were mild. The kids have no pregnancy or birth related issues. Pregnancy really agrees with her and she has loved every minute of it.

What foods should she be eating (and why.) We read a blog post from Dragonfly at: http://primaltoad.com/primal-pregnancy/ and hope she answers this. From her webpage, we are especially interested in foods to eat for omega 3, D, magnesium, folic acid, calcium, K, iron and A. We are interested in any other mineral or vitamin she should watch as well.

She hopes she can avoid a supplement altogether and get everything possible from real food (vitamin D excepted as our climate insures that most Alaskans are deficient without supplementing.)

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WAPF is bit Vitamin A crazed if you ask me though with their recs for pregnant women. Some is good, but I think they go a bit overboard.

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Good point on the pickles. Do not forget the salt. Pregnant ladies need to almost double their blood volume during pregnancy.

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It looks like you have a lot of things covered quite well. The only suggestion I can think of is the occasional bone broth; glycine appears to be important in pregnancy.

And if you'd like some reading material, here's an awesome article by Chris Masterjohn on nutrients important in pregnancy: http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/vitamins-for-fetal-development-conception-to-birth

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The free introduction to Chris Kresser's Baby Code mentions how to get most of things you have listed from real food sources.

Just off the top of my head:

Fish and fish roe for omega 3 and likely minerals too.

Leafy greens, high mineral content mineral water, pumpkin seeds, almonds, shellfish, and halibut for a good variety of minerals including calcium and magnesium. You don't want to take too much magnesium in the first trimester because it can up the risk of miscarriage, but later on Epsom salt baths can provide a good dose of magnesium transdermally to make labor easier, and prevent preeclampsia.

Natto for non-dairy K2 (although it is definitely an acquired taste, and I've found supplements to be preferable)

Animal fat, and fatty fish for vitamins A and D. They now make canned whole cod livers, (which are oddly good with hard boiled eggs and a salad) if she doesn't want to take cod liver oil.

Chicken livers and egg yolks for folate (which is superior to folic acid for growing a baby)

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on June 29, 2012
at 09:02 PM

Congratulations to you and your wife!

This is what many pregnant women crave:

pickles

pickled vegetables

meat with aspic

odd parts (pig's feet, ox tails)

bone broth

I don't know anything about nutrition though. Sorry :) Hopefully somebody who is more knowledgeable than me (like Dragonfly) will answer your question.

I know a story that a mother of one gorgeous looking Korean model craved meat with chilly peppers during her entire pregnancy and ate it a lot. Her son has model looks and very tall (the whole family is not).

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on June 29, 2012
at 09:32 PM

Good point on the pickles. Do not forget the salt. Pregnant ladies need to almost double their blood volume during pregnancy.

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on June 29, 2012
at 11:22 PM

Cod liver oil!! Other than that westonaprice.org as someone already showed you-= great info for your pregnancy.

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on June 29, 2012
at 11:24 PM

WAPF is bit Vitamin A crazed if you ask me though with their recs for pregnant women. Some is good, but I think they go a bit overboard.

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