Pregnancy Dos and Don’ts – from the perspective of a Holistic Nutritionist and mama of two

Today I’m sharing pregnancy dos and don’ts from my personal perspective. I am a Holistic Nutritionist, a Mama of two, and author of Healthy Holistic Pregnancy. In this post and video, go into detail about why I recommend not counting calories, consuming moringa products and avoiding certain herbs. I also explain why I recommend taking a multivitamin, doing pregnancy-safe exercise, choosing a health care provider you trust and enjoying your pregnancy.

pregnancy dos and don'ts by Holistic Nutritionist Jesse Lane Lee

My goal is to provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice about the holistic practices you choose to apply during your pregnancy. My book Healthy Holistic Pregnancy is for you if you:

  1. Want to make an informed choice about the holistic practices you choose to apply during your pregnancy
  2. Are looking for straightforward and easy to understand information
  3. Want to make healthy and holistic choices for yourself and your baby
  4. Good nutrition is important to you and you want to know what foods are the best to eat while pregnant
  5. Are wondering if the supplements you are taking are safe to take during pregnancy
  6. Are experiencing pregnancy symptoms but don’t want to turn to medication or expensive wellness treatments
  7. Love boosting your diet with awesome superfoods but are worried that some are unsafe when pregnant
  8. Are an essential oil junky but don’t want to accidentally use an oil that will harm your growing baby
  9. Practice yoga and are wondering how to modify your practice now that you are pregnant.

If you are ready to take a natural and holistic approach to your pregnancy nutrition, then Healthy Holistic Pregnancy is for you!

Pregnancy Don’ts

Counting calories

When you are pregnant you need to consume about 20% to 25% more calories than usual depending on the trimester and your weight before becoming pregnant. During the first trimester, eat anything that doesn’t make you want to barf!

Once food doesn’t make you nauseous, focus on nutrient-dense foods like fruits and veggies, complex carbs, healthy fats and protein. Try to avoid super sugary foods or processed foods.

Moringa seeds, roots and stems

Moringa roots and stems have been used as a contraceptive and used to cause miscarriages. They have been found to prevent the fertilized egg from attaching to the lining of the uterine wall.

Certain herbs in concentrated forms

Herbs can have amazing healing powers and can be used in teas, tonics, and tinctures. There are several herbs that can stimulate the uterus causing contractions that can trigger a miscarriage. Tea and herbs in cooking should be OK. Consult your primary care provider before consuming any concentrated herbal remedies.

Pregnancy Dos

Take a multi vitamin

Nutrition is so important when you are pregnant because it can make the difference between a healthy happy pregnancy and one where you are constantly experiencing pregnancy discomforts. Sometimes morning sickness can make eating a nutrient-dense diet really challenging so a prenatal multi-vitamin is a great way to make sure you and your baby are getting the nutrients you need to thrive.

Pregnancy safe exercise

Yoga is my favourite pregnancy-safe form of exercise. Through the practice of yoga and meditation, you will improve your focus, learn to relax during labour, as well as how to cope with any stress that arises, whether during pregnancy or after the baby is born. Yoga, paired with a cardiovascular exercise such as walking or swimming, can be an ideal way to stay in shape during pregnancy.

Prepare for the birth of your dreams but be flexible

Find a healthcare provider who you trust and who clearly understands your birth preferences. That way if circumstances change you feel supported, heard and not bullied into intervention.

I wanted a water birth. After a very long labour that wasn’t progressing, I ended up in the hospital with an epidural with my first. My second labour was 8 hours total and I had the water birth I always wanted.

Soak it up and enjoy it mama!

It really is such a short time in the grand scheme of things. Try to focus on the positive and enjoy every kick wiggle and hiccup. Also, don’t feel like you need to heed my unsolicited advice on pregnancy dos and don’ts, do what works for you and your pregnancy.

This video on pregnancy dos and don’ts was created for Nutridom Canada. I love Nutridom and partner with them frequently.

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