Dr. David files: The power of Plant-based pregnancy

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Dr. David Wang is a Naturopathic Doctor with over 25 years of practice here in Vancouver, BC. 

It was in his clinical practice he saw we needed to change the way we thought about traditional supplements. Often, his patients would come to him with strange side-effects from taking traditional vitamin and mineral pills, such as nausea, vomiting, or even showing no improvement at all.

After researching how traditional supplements were made and used within the body, Dr. David realized nature had everything we needed. He switched his patients over to 100% food-based nutrients and there were quick, dramatic improvements in their health. Right then, Dr. David knew it was his mission to bring these amazing products to as many people as possible so they can live longer, healthier, and happier lives. 

After working with mom’s and women looking to have the healthiest pregnancy possible, Dr. David created our PureFood Mom’s A to Z. But because you can’t out supplement a bad diet, Dr. David has compiled professional tips on how to avoid the most common nutrient deficiencies by eating healthy, plant-based foods. 

 

Pregnant woman drinking green smoothieWhen you’re fuelling two people, it’s important to eat for two! Whether you’re vegan or not, we always advocate for everyone to eat more organic, nutrient dense, whole foods. But when you’re carrying a baby, you need to make sure you’re eating enough healthy fats and getting the full spectrum vitamins you and your little one need. These vitamins and minerals aren’t just for the developmental needs of your baby, avoiding processed foods and sticking with an array of nutrient dense, organic, plant based foods will help you have an easier 9 month journey as well. 

Get your protein: Nuts, beans, tempeh (a more nutrient dense, less refined version of tofu) chia seeds and hemp seeds are great sources for full spectrum, whole food protein. Avoid using faux meats as protein options, most of them are highly processed. We recommend making our Lemon Collard Tempeh Wraps. When you’re eating nuts or beans, remember to soak them prior, to make sure you’re getting the most nutrition. Click here for a sprouting chart for more info. 

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Healthy fats: Nerve development accelerates during the first year of a child’s life. This requires their body to have an adequate storage of healthy fats. Set them up for a healthy first year by consuming lots of healthy fats. Things like coconut oil, coconut milk/cream, avocado, seeds, and flax and are great for mom’s to be. Avocados will give you omega 3’s and are high in monounsaturated fats which lower bad cholesterol. Coconut milk and cream are two other great fat sources. These fatty acids are super easy for your body to break down, absorb and use as energy. 

Your demand for nutrients is now at an all time high.

If you don’t eat with extra planning and care, you could end up with compromised health issues or develop a nutrient deficiency. 

Iron deficiency/anemia: Iron deficiency is scary for you and your baby. If you don’t have enough oxygen in your blood, your metabolism can’t work properly. This could lead to a low birth weight for your baby, and even developmental problems. Many women are iron deficient and don’t even know it. It’s important for every woman (pregnant or not) to get their blood tested, this way you can start to bring your iron levels up right away.

Some common symptoms of iron deficiency is feeling fatigued, cold hands or feet, shortness of breath or headaches. If you are iron deficient or anemic, we recommend taking our PureFood Iron powder. Don’t worry our iron powder only has two ingredients: organic curry leaves and organic amla berry, so it’s easy to digest and works fast! Take this daily in your juice, smoothie or yogurt, and you’ll start to feel the benefits. In some cases our iron supplement has even reversed anemia. So make sure to get your blood tested 8-10 weeks after taking this product.

B vitamin deficiency: B vitamins are crucial for your baby’s first developments in the womb. There are different kinds of B vitamin deficiencies, so it’s very important to get an array of different B’s in your diet, every day. B vitamins also provide your body with energy. Foods high in B vitamins include dark leafy greens, spirulina and of course our PureFood B! Ingredients: organic guava, lemon, spirulina and holy basil.

We recommend getting all of your vitamins from organic, whole foods. Synthetic vitamins aren’t absorbed in your body the same way as full spectrum vitamins. Even if your vitamins or supplements say “plant based” or “100% real food” you still have to be cautious. Our Mom’s A to Z Multi Vitamin contains nothing but whole, organic foods. One heaping teaspoon gives you and your baby concentrated amounts of more than 20 organic fruits and vegetables. Your body can use these whole foods to support itself. 

Gestational diabetes is caused by metabolic issues. Ensure your pancreas is supported by eating regularly and getting enough healthy fats and proteins. Always keep nutrient dense snacks with you! Get the right micro nutrients like chromium which can be found in raw onions, romaine lettuce, broccoli, potatoes, green beans and raw tomatoes. Or you can get over 180 milligrams of chromium in one serving of our Raw Cacao Smoothie Boosters

Fast hacks:

  • Moringa can help your body produce more breast milk. (Organic moringa is the first ingredient in our Mom’s A to Z)
  • Drinking raspberry tea tones the uterus which helps with delivery.
  • Roobios is another great decaf tea for pregnant moms! It’s high in antioxidants and is said to help ease the pain of teething for babies.
  • Decaf kombucha promotes gut health by adding good bacteria into your tummy!
  • Ginger is great for any kind of morning sickness/digestion problems. Infuse water or tea with fresh ginger or make our Ginger Mint Strawberry Shortcake Pre Natal Smoothie 
  • Caffeine alternatives for energy: Complex carbs and B vitamins are great sources of sustainable energy. Try making nutrient dense bliss balls or find an organic, whole food B vitamin supplement. Like our PureFood B

Everyone will have a slightly different pregnancy experience. We believe eating whole organic foods on a regular bases is optimal for anyone looking to achieve optimal health. This advice is not meant to replace that of any other health practitioner. Always consult a medical professional before making any changes to your diet, especially if pregnant.

Are you and your baby hungry for more?

What the experts think about our Mom’s A to Z:  

Carley Mendes – Oh Baby Nutrition 

Rebecca Johnston – Be Naturally Fit 

This advice is not meant to replace that of a health practitioner. Always consult your own physician before making any changes in your diet, especially when pregnant.  

References: 

https://www.fitpregnancy.com/nutrition/prenatal-nutrition/nine-meatless-month

www.you.co.za/supermom/health/teething-a-survival-guide/

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