Fresh Greens Try to include some type of fresh greens in your diet every day. The composition of human blood and chlorophyll is almost identical. About the only exception is that the basic mineral in the blood is iron, while that of chlorophyll is magnesium.
About 2,300-2,600 calories are needed per day for pregnant and lactating women.
Empty Calorie Foods should be avoided: white flour breads, pastries, pasta, pancakes, etc. Always choose whole grain foods. Avoid processed foods and foods made with white flour and sugar. Excess weight gain from high fat and refined foods can contribute to a larger baby.
Sunflower Seeds Weight for weight, sunflower seeds contain about as much protein as steak. 100 grams of sunflower seeds (3 ounces) provides 20 grams of protein. This seed protein is 98% digestible. Every 3 ounces of seeds contains about 92 units of vitamin D. They are also very rich in the B vitamins, vitamin E, and many others.
Blackstrap Molasses is a very rich source of iron. One teaspoonful contains 1.4 milligrams of iron. It is the one food which does not require hydrochloric acid for digestion. Blackstrap molasses contains almost double the amount of iron of beef liver. Eat it on cereal and legumes, or mixed in milk; calcium binds iron, making absorption harder, so do not always take molasses with dairy.
Protein intake is very important, but the quality is as important as the quantity. Be careful not to overdo it; when your body gets overloaded with protein, it starts dumping calcium.
Wheat Germ is an excellent source of protein and B vitamins.
Sprouts are the most alive food on the face of the earth. Alfalfa sprouts contain 150% more protein than other grains. They are especially rich in iron, chlorophyll, and calcium.
Onions and Garlic purify the blood and prevent blood clots.
Garlic and Cayenne are good blood pressure stabilizers.
Sugar robs the body of calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C. Sugar is a strong stimulant and disrupts the normal balance of the endocrine system. Read labels and use sugar only in moderation.
Calcium Carbonate And Calcium Citrate are the most easily assimilated calcium supplements.
Weight Gain during pregnancy is best aimed at 25-35 pounds. If a woman is obese during pregnancy, she should aim at no more than a 15 pound weight gain. If you are being very careful to eat only the things that will build a strong healthy baby, you shouldn't worry if you put on a few extra pounds; but in the U.S.A., more women are gaining weight that they are not able to lose after birth, which leads to our nation's higher proportion of overweight individuals.