Are you like Holly?
When Holly, a healthy and strict vegetarian who ate no dairy, came to me, she was pregnant
and looking for advice. Holly was seeking ways to treat her newly diagnosed anemia, and
she was starting to feel a little nauseous, skipping meals and water. Her previous doctor
gave Holly a prescription for nausea, but she didn’t want to take medicine. Below are some
of the things that I recommend to patients like Holly for a healthy pregnancy.
Folate, found in green leafy vegetables, chickpeas, wheat germ, orange juice, beans and
spinach, is essential for the proper neurological development of the baby. It can help to
prevent birth defects like spina bifida and protect against anemia. Folate is also available as
folic acid in vitamins. The recommended dose is 400 mcg daily.
Diet and Nutrition
Omega-3 fatty acids are oils that help with brain development. They may also help women
who are having problems conceiving or staying pregnant during the first 12 weeks. The oils
help decrease inflammation in blood vessels, including the ones that supply blood to the
baby through the placenta. Flaxseed oil and high-quality fish oil are good sources of DHA
for baby brain development.
If anemia is present, natural solutions include a multivitamin with iron; dark green
vegetables; prunes and raisins; red meat; blackstrap molasses; wheat germ; green drinks
that contain grasses or seaweeds; and capsules with chlorophyll. Cooking food in a
cast-iron skillet will also help.
Those becoming anemic may want to add an iron supplement, as the baby is going to
require iron to make red blood cells and calcium to make bones. Homeopathic remedies
may also be used (Ferrum Phos 6x three times daily and Calc. Phos 6x three times daily) for
iron and calcium supplementation.