Discover How You Can Have A Safe, Full-Term Pregnancy And A Healthy Baby…while minimizing your risk of complications, miscarriage and developmental disorders.

Register for the Healthy Pregnancy Summit to learn even more healthy foods to include in your pregnancy diet and the top toxic foods to avoid.

foods to eat foods to avoidPregnancy is a whirlwind season of discovery, discipline and discernment. During this time of rapid development, it is critical that pregnant moms understand which foods are best and what foods to avoid when filling their plates. Certified Nutrition Consultant, Julie Matthews, teaches the importance of healthy eating during pregnancy and shares savvy nutrition tips to best support mother and child.

Julie Matthews received her Bachelor of Science from the University of California and completed the Nutritional Consultant program at Bauman College of holistic nutrition and culinary arts. She is a respected nutrition expert, award winning author of the book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, and has over 20 years of clinical experience and scientific research with a focus on Autism and ADHD.

Most people know the importance of eating fruits and vegetables but many are surprised to learn that vegetables should comprise half the plate at every meal. Not all vegetables are created equally, dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables and produce with a wide variety of colors are preferential to empty starches like potatoes or corn. “Each of the different colors correspond to different phytonutrients, try to eat a rainbow of foods, “shares Matthews. Fresh, whole fruit is superior to fruit juices or dried fruits, both of which have little fiber and are high in sugar.

Essential fats and amino acids are critical building blocks for baby and animal protein should make up the remaining ½ of the plate. Fish like salmon or sardines are high in heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids and better than larger sized species like tuna or swordfish which tend to contain higher amounts of the neurotoxin, mercury. Red meat contains carnitine which supports metabolism and the body’s immune system. Pregnant moms should aim for getting 90 grams of protein in each day. While it is important to get adequate grams of protein in daily, pregnancy woman drinks waterMatthews cautions that the common adage of “eating for two” is a bit of a misconception. Healthy weight gain in pregnancy should not exceed 25 to 35 pounds on average or an increase of around 400 calories per day from a woman’s pre-pregnancy diet.

Drinking adequate water during pregnancy is hugely important for both mother and baby. A pregnant mama’s blood volume significantly increases during pregnancy and staying hydrated helps support that increased blood volume and replenishing the baby’s amniotic fluid. Drinks can be a hidden source of artificial dyes, sugar and caffeine but seltzer water with a splash of fruit juice is a healthy alternative to sodas or teas. Food additives like synthetic flavor enhancers should also be avoided. “Most everyone knows to avoid alcohol or pesticide exposure in pregnancy but MSG, monosodium glutamate, is known to cause changes in hunger regulation and obesity so it’s not great for moms and their developing baby,” advises Matthews.

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Learn even more healthy foods to include in your pregnancy diet and the top toxic foods to avoid.

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